Friday, October 09, 2009

The Book of Dead Philosophers

The Book of Dead Philosophers
Publisher: Granta Books, 2009

Aristotle poisoned himself with aconite. Heracleitus suffocated in cow dung. Jeremy Bentham had himself stuffed, and sits on public view in University College London.

The Book of Dead Philosophers catalogues the lives and deaths of nearly two hundred thinkers, from Ancient Greece to the present day. Acutely intelligent and very funny, this unique compilation is both an entertaining introduction to history’s finest minds and a life-affirming enquiry into the possibility and meaning of human happiness.

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