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From a sentence to a few pages this book visits with nearly philosophers and gives a snippet of their lives, opinions and deaths.
A very interesting read. Feb 28, Keri Kresler rated it liked it. Very thorough book if you want a little taste of all different kinds of philosophy.
Especially the philosophy of death. And also sometimes humerous. Apparently a read this a little at a time over four years. I also enjoyed the interesting excepts of female philosophers.
It kept me entertained, amused, and in a thoughtful frame of mind and I read through the entire thing. I highly recommend it, particularly for an occasion such as jury duty.
In my former life as a St. But while I remain, I think, well versed in all the heavy hitters Plato, Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche , and have dim memories of less well-known thinkers such as Maimonides, Averroes, Plotinus well, I remember the book was green , because of St.
Some highlights from the catalogue: William of Ockham of Razor fame perished in the Black Death. Jean-Jacques Rousseau died of cerebral hemorrhage, possibly a consequence of having been knocked down two years earlier by a Great Dane running at full speed.
Why take this morbid approach to the history of philosophy, you ask? Critchely takes his epigram from my all-time fave, the charming, wide-ranging inventor of the personal essay, Michel de Montaigne: He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.
And how did Montaigne die? In , of quinsy peritonsillar abcess , unable to speak, but apparently unafraid. Basically a bit of a biographical and philosophical survey of about philosophers, from Thales up to Critchley himself, The Book of Dead Philosophers is more of a cereal box entertainment than anything else.
I appreciate this book as a sort of goofy primer of the thoughts on death of some of the greatest thinkers in history, but as a way to aquaint oneself with these men and w Basically a bit of a biographical and philosophical survey of about philosophers, from Thales up to Critchley himself, The Book of Dead Philosophers is more of a cereal box entertainment than anything else.
So now I know that Deleuze jumped out the window of his hospital room. Critchley, in his introduction, suggests that these deaths, in their myriad details, tells us something about dying, but all they tell us, is that philosophers die much like the rest of humanity, horrifyingly randomly.
Still, this might make a fun little primer for a high school student, or maybe a Intro to Philosophy, and is written in clear, entertaining prose - a certain break from the writings of these philosophers.
The Pre-Socratics through the Socratics turn out to be less than noble, flatulent rock stars, dying a multitude of humorous deaths, some heroic, many not.
Philosophers are pug-faced dogs, ugly, dirty men. Christianity robbed philosophy, and us, of our intimacy and acceptance of death as it is, an unknown, to be left that way.
Once we get to modern Europe, the outlooks on death of philosophers is unexceptional, and held by the common man, an organization of a modern clear folk wisdom, clouded not by irrationality.
With the Rationalists, the true end of philosophy, we learn that nothing means anything, not death, nor suicide, nor earthly attachments, nor this book.
With the 19th century philosophers, Critchley hits his stride, here his stories become illuminating in a way that they have not been up to this point.
Too little, too late? I purchased this book on a whim. I am teaching a class for high school seniors this year called Global Humanities. It is a wonderful idea that sometimes lacks in execution.
As I was preparing to begin the school year, my personal definition of the humanities began to spiral somewhat.
This book, a compendium of the deaths of some odd philosophers seemed like the perfect companion to my year of teaching reluctant teenagers what it means to be a human in the world.
Lots of the negative reviews I purchased this book on a whim. This is not a text book about the history of philosophy. This not an encyclopedia or a collection of detailed essays on a representative group of philosophers spanning the entire history of philosophy.
I read this book as a subtle argument being made by the author, as recursive personal essays hidden in the guise of a collection of biographical sketches.
These seem much more appropriate ways to describe Mr. One of the threads that the author pulls through the whole messy collection is that people in the 21st century, particularly in America, have unhealthy views of death and difficult relationships with their own mortality.
So it makes sense to disguise a discussion of this topic in a pseudo academic endeavor of collecting stories, myths, and personal anecdotes in relation to the deaths of famous and less famous philosophers.
That to philosophize is to learn how to die is the title of the essay of Montaigne from which the books epigraph is taken. Speaking of the necessity to affirm the constraint of our mortality, which defines human freedom, Critchley opines that to philosophize is to learn to love the difficulty of that task.
Feb 08, Book Calendar rated it really liked it Shelves: The summarizes of the philosophy and deaths of some different philosophers speaks to this theme.
The book begins with the Greeks and ends in the modern day Each summary runs from a paragraph to a couple of pages depending on the importance of the philosophical figures.
The book covers from the period of the early Greeks to modern day philosophers. It includes some Chinese, medieval arabic, medieval jewish, and women philosophers.
The main divisions that are obvious are the pagan Greeks and Romans, the christians, and modern philosophers. This book is not written for an academic audience.
It is written to be enjoyed by the lay reader. There are no footnotes. There is a bibliography at the end. The writing is of ironic and funny.
Some of the endings of important philosophers are quite perplexing. For example, according to legend, Pythagoras was killed because he refused to cross a bean field while being chased by his enemies.
We also learn that many were regarded more highly when they were dead than when they were alive. Nietzsche was one of these people. This is also true of many writers of what we call classic fiction.
Also, many philosophers choose to die for their beliefs, both christian and pagan. Plato died by drinking hemlock, and the Roman Emperor Nero killed three of the philosophers in the book.
Maimonides was constantly on the run for his life. Also, some refuse to give up their vices because they enjoyed them too much.
Hannah Arendt would not stop drinking, nor would Freud stop smoking. There was a sense that many tried to live their life in the fullest possible way.
This is an enjoyable survey of what it means to live and die as a philosopher. It shows that death is not such a fearful thing.
It also shows how unpredictable, capricious, funny, and ironic life can be. Aug 18, Adrianne rated it really liked it.
Saint Paul a philosopher? At that point I put the book down, put it back on my shelf, and at the top of my list of books to have bookcrossed. Yet, I still return to it, from time to time using it as a reference guide, about philosophers lives and their deaths.
The author claims to have written this book to help t Saint Paul a philosopher? The author claims to have written this book to help the reader challenge their fear of death.
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H e does not simply give voice to an uncertainty with regard to life after death, b u t also raises the question of w h i c h is preferable: T h e philosopher is the lover of wisdom who does not c l a i m to The Book of Dead Philosophers is not a " B o o k of the D e a d , " know, but who expresses a radical doubt with regard to all whether Egyptian or Tibetan.
These exquisite ancient writings things, even with regard to whether life or death is the better carefully describe the rituals necessary to prepare with cer- state.
Indeed, D i o - spells to ensure that the soul passes to an astral or solar genes Laertius, author of the hugely i n f l u e n t i a l Lives of afterlife.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead describes the death rituals Eminent Philosophers from the third century A D , tells a fascinat- necessary to break the illusory cycles of existence and achieve ing story of Thales, usually considered the first philosopher.
He held there was no difference between life and death. Such is the position that Nietzsche called "European B u d dhism," although there is a good deal of American Buddhism around as well.
T h e crucial point is that i n both the Egyptian and T i b e t a n Books of the D e a d a n d their contemporary epigones, death is an illusion.
Existence is a cycle of rebirth that is only broken by a final passage to Enlightenment. It is thus a question of gaining access to the right Knowledge capital K , once again that will strip away what Schopenhauer saw as the illusory veils of Maya and allow the soul to free itself.
In On Death and Dying , each chapter begins with a citation from Tagore, and the revealingly entitled Death: I do not want to deny the undoubtedly beneficial thera- he was stabbed to death; Lucretius is alleged to have killed himself after being driven mad by taking a love potion; Hypatia was killed by a mob of angry Christians and her skin was peeled off with oyster shells; Boethius was cruelly tortured before being bludgeoned peutic effects of such approaches.
M y worry is that they culti- to death on the orders of the Ostrogoth king vate the belief that death is an illusion to be overcome with Theodoric; the right spiritual preparations.
However, it is not an illusion, John Scottus Eriugena, the great Irish philosopher, was it is a reality that has to be accepted.
Possibly the most pernicious feature of contemporary society is the unwillingness to accept this reality and willingness to flee the fact of death.
The Book of Dead Philosophers is, rather, a series of reminders of death or memento m o r i. Rather than being the clarion Avicenna died of an opium overdose after engaging much too vigorously in sexual activity; Aquinas died twenty-five miles from his birthplace after banging his head against the bough of a tree; Pico della Mirandola was poisoned by his secretary; Siger of Brabant was stabbed by his; call of a new esoteric dogma, it is a book of or so question W i l l i a m of Ockham died of the Black Death; marks that might begin to enable us to face the reality of our Thomas More was beheaded and his head was stuck on a death.
You will die laughing, I promise. Let me enumerate some examples to be discussed at greater leisure below: Galileo narrowly escaped the same fate, but got away with life imprisonment; Bacon died after stuffing a chicken with snow in the streets of London to assess the effects of refrigeration; Descartes died of pneumonia as a consequence of giving early-morning tutorials in the Stockholm winter to the Pythagoras allowed himself to be slaughtered rather than cross a field of beans; Heracleitus suffocated in cow dung; Plato allegedly died of a lice infestation; prodigious and cross-dressing Queen Christina of Sweden; Spinoza died in his rented rooms at The Hague while everyone else was at church; xxv Hi INTRODUCTION Leibniz, discredited as an atheist and forgotten as a public TO DIE L A U G H I N G XXIX Wittgenstein died the day after his birthday, for which his figure, died alone and was buried at night with only friend Mrs.
It has no place in my life"; 50, people attended his funeral; Merleau-Ponty was allegedly discovered dead in his office with his face in a book by Descartes; Roland Barthes was hit by a dry cleaning van after a meeting with the future French minister for culture; Freddie Ayer had a near-death experience where he reportedly met the masters of the universe after choking on a piece of salmon; Gilles Deleuze defenestrated himself from his Paris apartment in order to escape the sufferings of emphysema; Derrida died of pancreatic cancer at the same age as his father, who died of the same disease; M y teacher Dominique Janicaud died alone on a beach understand me" presumably he was referring to in August close to the foot of le chemin Nietzsche himself ; outside Nice in France after suffering a heart attack Bentham had himself stuffed and sits on public view in a while swimming.
For all good and bad consists in sense-experience, and death is the privation of sense-experience. Hence a correct knowledge of the fact of death makes the mortality of life a matter for contentment, not by adding a limitless time to life but by removing the longing for immortality.
Writing about Dead Philosophers T h e E p i c u r e a n view of death was hugely influential i n antiquity, as can be seen i n Lucretius, and was rediscovered by philosophers like Pierre Gassendi i n the seventeenth century.
It represents a distinct and powerful sub-tradition i n Western thought to w h i c h insufficient attention has been given: Reading such a book is, perhaps, lity of soul is by removing the anxious longing for an afterlife.
However, it does raise a couple of searching ques- H i g h l y tempting as it is, the obvious p r o b l e m with this tions about how the history of philosophy is to be written and position is that it fails to provide a cure for the aspect of death how the activity of philosophy is to be understood.
It is the deaths of those we are b o u n d to i n about the history of philosophy consists i n knowing exactly love that undo us, that unstitch our carefully tailored suit of where to begin.
T h e earliest versions of the history of philos- the self, that unmake whatever meaning we have made. In ophy still extant are by a teacher and his student: In become most truly ourselves.
That is, what it means to be a both texts, the philosophers develop their own views i n rela- self does not consist i n some delusory self-knowledge, but i n tion to previous doctrines.
O n the one hand, Aristotle bril- the acknowledgement of that part of ourselves that we have liantly reviews the doctrines of the pre-Socratic physical irretrievably lost.
The entire difficulty here is imagining what philosophers w h o m he calls the physiologi, like T h a l e s , sort of contentment or tranquillity might be possible i n rela- Anaxagoras and Empedocles, and their views on the material tion to the deaths of those we love.
I cannot promise to cause of nature. O n the other hand, he then turns a critical resolve this issue, but the reader w i l l find it taken up and eye to his teacher, Plato, and the views of the Pythagoreans developed i n various of the entries below.
In a way that becomes a standard pattern of philosophical argument, Aristotle dispatches and integrates both the materialist and idealist approaches before introducing his own notion of substance, w h i c h is the core of what a later tradition called "metaphysics.
A l l that remains is a fragment, On Sensation, w h i c h gives but a t a n t a l i z i n g taste of the whole through discussions of the nature of the senses i n Empedocles, Anaxagoras, D e m o c r i tus and Plato.
O u r situation with regard to the literary remains of antiquity is tragic. As we know, the archive of ancient texts was largely lost, for example when an angry m o b of Christians destroyed the greatest library of the classical world at Alexandria at the end of the third century A D.
A l l we are left with are fragments of a rich totality the scale of w h i c h we can barely imagine. M y concern i n this book is with what scholars of ancient philosophy call "doxography," that is, an account of the lives, opinions and tenets of philosophers, and sometimes their deaths.
Because of the huge importance of reputation, especially posthumous reputation, i n Greek culture, "doxa" develops the meaning of "great reputation" or even "glory.
Understood i n this expanded sense — w h i c h I confess is somewhat idiosyncratic —doxography c a n be seen as an account of the glorious reputations of philosophers, and doxographers were those who wrote the biographies of these exemplary figures.
As such, the concept of doxography is a kissing cousin of hagiography. F r o m Socrates to Spinoza and from H u m e to Wittgenstein, it is interesting to see how closely the accounts of the lives of the philosophers resemble those of the saints.
T h e c r u c i a l difference is that philosophers are exemplary not by their holiness, but by the way i n w h i c h they show their weaknesses as well as their strengths.
M y point i n this book is to show that the history of philosophy can be approached as a history of philosophers that proceeds by examples remembered, often noble and virtuous, but sometimes base and comical.
As we will see, the manner of the death of philosophers humanizes t h e m a n d shows that, despite the lofty reach of their intellect, they have to cope with the hand life deals them like the rest of us.
Sadly, however likeable and readable one may find his Lives of Eminent Philosophers, it c a n hardly be described as accurate, complete or philosophically acute.
Diogenes gives us a rather chatty, anecdotal and h i g h l y syncretic ramble through antiquity. At times, it is terrific fun.
His translator, Herbert Richards, rightly says "the man was foolish enough," and Jonathan Barnes and Julia Annas describe his Lives as "chatty and unintelligent.
However, Richards goes on to say "the book is of extreme value for the history, especially the literary history, of Greek philosophy. M y approach has also tended towards the scandalous i n places.
In particular, there is a long closing chap- Thracians like Orpheus, the Zoroastrians i n Persia and the ter on the " C h a l d a i c k " philosophy, complete with text and Egyptians.
However, he quickly moves on to assert that it was c o m m e n t a r y on the Oracles of Zoroaster, plus various from the Greeks that philosophy took its rise and "its very remarks on Persian and Sabean philosophers.
O n this view, the idea of comparative to w h i c h it had been submitted since Z e n o , the Stoics, philosophy is a non-starter, as there is nothing with w h i c h to C i c e r o , Plutarch and right through to the C h u r c h Fathers.
For example, one finds entries not only on published i n L e i p z i g between and , w h i c h was the figures like Hermes Trismegistus, Aesop and Zoroaster, but principal authority on the history of philosophy i n the eigh- also on Euripides, Sophocles, Hippocrates, and later R o m a n teenth century.
It was freely adapted into E n g l i s h by the writers like Plautus, V i r g i l and even O v i d.
C h a l d e a n s , Persians, Indians and Egyptians, but also the T h e writing of the history of philosophy is continued by Hebrews, Arabians, P h o e n i c i a n s , Egyptians, E t h i o p i a n s , Thomas Stanley i n i n the impressively printed three- Etrurians, the " n o r t h e r n nations" like the Scythians and volume History of Philosophy, containing the lives, opinions, actions Thracians, and the Celts even i n c l u d i n g the Britons.
Inci- and discourses of the philosophers of every sect, illustrated with effigies of dentally, the great virtue of the Celts was their dismissal of death; Brucker writes, "We find no people superior to them divers of them.
Indeed, the "effigies" are particularly handsome and the volumes are littered with large and heroic in the magnanimous contempt of death. T h i s is a work that onwards, it is still the way i n w h i c h the history of philosophy deeply influenced m u c h subsequent writing of the history of continues to be written.
Philosophy is a magisterial proces- philosophy, and John Passmore describes it as "the first his- sion of ideas from east to west, from the Greeks to "us E u r o - tory of philosophy i n the m o d e r n manner.
W e are akin to the Greeks, traditions to be either poetic or religious, but not philosoph- but somehow even smarter, possessing intellectual jewels ical i n the strict sense.
T h i s disregard for individual life goes together with the To say that this version of the history of philosophy has justified and continues to justify forms of Eurocentrism is an understatement.
To what extent such a Eurocentrism is or is belief that the history of philosophy makes progress of a sci- not justified with regard to philosophy is a vast debate that I entific k i n d , or at least that the various philosophies c a n do want to enter into directly i n this book.
L e t me say, how- be expressed i n a scientific form where they exhibit logi- ever, that I a m sceptical of both Eurocentric approaches to cal development.
L e t me say that I a m highly dubious as to and therefore i n Africa. Crucially, both T i e d e m a n n and Tenneman deeply influ- The Book of Dead Philosophers is a history of philosophers enced Hegel i n his Lectures on the History of Philosophy It is a history of how a For Hegel, nothing could be less philosophically significant long line of mortal, material, limited creatures faced their than k n o w i n g how a philosopher lived a n d died a n d the last moments, whether with dignity or d e l i r i u m , with nobil- nature of his opinions, habits or reputation.
Philosophy is ity or night-sweats. M y approach is therefore deeply at odds defined as "its own time comprehended i n thought. I do not see the history of philosophy as therefore being articulated i n a philosophy is the entire world the progressive logical u n f o l d i n g of " S p i r i t , " w h i c h c u l m i - of the Greeks, the Medievals or whoever.
Indeed, a truth that finds complete expression—surprise, surprise — i n there is something intensely narcissistic about such a con- the work of Hegel.
O n the contrary, I hope to show how the material quality of the many lives and deaths that we will review disrupts the move to something like "Spirit" and places a certain way of doing philosophy in question.
In a lecture course on Aristotle from , Heidegger said, The personality of a philosopher is of interest only to this extent: W h a t this reveals is an O l y m p i a n , godlike stance towards philosophy and life.
Such a stance is unwilling and perhaps incapable of considering the philosopher as a creature who is subject to " a l l the ills that flesh is heir to.
It also leads—as is the case with Hegel and Heidegger—to a triumphalist and self-aggrandizing version of the history of philosophy that utterly disfigures the past.
W h a t I have presented here is a messy and plural ragbag of lives and deaths that cannot simply be ordered into a coherent conceptual schema.
It is my hope that what we see w h e n we look into these many deaths is not just our own reflection striding forth to meet us, but something quite unlike us, remote and removed, something from w h i c h we might learn.
It is high time we made a start. Thales was the possible originator o f the saying " k n o w thyself," who famously pre- d i c t e d t h e solar e c l i p s e o f M a y B C.
A s Thales watched the games one festal day Epimenides The fierce sun smote him and he passed away. H e discovered his o w n l i m i t at the age o f sixty-four.
H o w e v e r , the Pythagoreans also observed a n u m b e r o f other, more worldly doctrines, i n v o l v i n g food i n particular.
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B C paradoxes i n h i s Physics. H e wrote t w o l o n g religious reformer a n d a political revolutionary. T h e lat- pher. T h e n consider the heavens: Thus seeking warmth more than was reasonable, lit unwillingly you upon the chill reality of death.
H e professional boxer. W h a t is not i n the city is not i n the house either: I suffer great disaster because I have a body.
T h u s , Z h u a n g z i universe writes, of linguistically Zhuangzi dazzling is and philosophically unsettling. T h u s , for the f o l l o w i n g extraordinary anecdote.
If I were to favours to ants? T h e l o r d keeps it out of politics. The joy of dewdrops In the grass as they Turn back to vapour. S t i l l it makes a difference how they die.
A s returned, initially i n t r i u m p h. T i m e is present: I s h a l l s o o n f i n d Lucretius and Epicurus, with their materialist belief i n out.
T h e n came word from N e r o forbid- tian. Canus was playing a game l u x u r y a n d extravagance.
P a u l was t h e s e c o n d and arguably most important founder of Christianity. N e w Testaments. Interestingly, this is also the reason w h y A u g u s t i n e fears d e a t h: T h e k i n g s a i d , "Quiddistat inter sottum et Scottum?
The Harmonization of the Opinions of the Two day, to the p o i n t that some of his intestines ulcerated a n d a n abrasion broke out o n h i m. Sages, the Divine Plato and Aristotle.
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