The Book of Dead Philosophers

The Book of Dead Philosophers

by Simon Critchley
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The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley

In this collection of brief lives (and deaths) of nearly two hundred of the world's greatest thinkers, noted philosopher Simon Critchley creates a register of mortality that is tragic, amusing, absurd, and exemplary. From the self-mocking haikus of Zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words of Christian saints and modern-day sages, this irresistible book contains much to inspire both amusement and reflection.

Informed by Critchley's acute insight, scholarly intelligence, and sprightly wit, each entry tells its own tale, but collected together they add up to a profound and moving investigation of meaning and the possibility of happiness for us all.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307390431
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 498,207
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include Very Little . . . Almost Nothing, The Faith of the Faithless, and The Book of Dead Philosophers. He is the series moderator of The Stone, a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.

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Book of Dead Philosophers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
foto46 More than 1 year ago
Tongue-in-cheek topic. One could learn a little bit of philosophy but besides the interest in how some of the famous philosophers died, the book can be used as a chronological reference as to where and when a particular philosopher existed.
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While Simon Critchley offers a vast array of insight into the lives and deaths of 109 philosophers he also falls into the trap of loving his own voice a bit too much. The "introduction" is 20 plus pages of mostly hot air (although technically this is the introduction and a few so-called chapters of the author droning on about his love for certain philosophers, how he's a philosopher, blablabla). Once that exorbinate section of the book is over, on the whole the rest of the book is quite interesting.
mwalimuman More than 1 year ago
A most satisfying book for short pieces of reading on sometimes really heavy philosophical stuff. The pieces come in bathroom reading sizes but the material is too good to be in there. Keep it nearby in bedroom, den, living room, personal library for quick, nourishing reads.