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The book of dead philosophers

Author: Simon Critchley
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Critchley
ISBN: 9780307390431 0307390438
OCLC Number: 226357651
Notes: Originally published: London : Granta, 2008.
Description: xxxviii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Pre-Socratics, physiologists, sages and sophists --
Platonists, Cyrenaics, Aristotelians and cynics--
Sceptics, stoics and Epicureans --
Classical Chinese philosophers --
Romans (serious and ridiculous) and Neoplatonists --
The deaths of Christian saints --
Medieval philosophers: Christian, Islamic and Judaic --
Philosophy in the Latin Middle Ages --
Renaissance, reformation and scientific revolution --
Rationalists (material and immaterial), empiricists and religious dissenters --
Philosophes, materialists and sentimentalists --
Many Germans and some non-Germans --
The masters of suspicion and some unsuspicious Americans --
The long twentieth century I: philosophy in wartime --
The long twentieth century II: analytics, continentals, a few moribunds and a near-death experience.
Responsibility: Simon Critchley.

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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.--From publisher description.

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