New PDF release: Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers

By Costica Bradatan

What do Socrates, Hypatia, Giordano Bruno, Thomas extra, and Jan Patocka have in universal? First, they have been all confronted in the future with the main tough of selections: remain devoted on your rules and die or resign them and remain alive. moment, all of them selected to die. Their dazzling deaths became not just an essential component in their biographies, yet also are inseparable from their paintings. A "death for concepts" is a section of philosophical paintings in its personal correct; Socrates could have by no means written a line, yet his dying is likely one of the maximum philosophical best-sellers of all time.

Dying for concepts explores the limit-situation within which philosophers locate themselves whilst the one technique of persuasion they could use is their very own demise our bodies and the general public spectacle in their demise. The booklet tells the tale of the philosopher's stumble upon with demise as obvious from numerous angles: the culture of philosophy as an artwork of residing; the physique because the website of self-transcending; loss of life as a classical philosophical subject; taming loss of life and self-fashioning; eventually, the philosophers' scapegoating and their concert of a martyr's demise, through apotheosis and disappearance into myth.

While rooted within the historical past of philosophy, demise for concepts is an workout in breaking disciplinary obstacles. this can be a ebook approximately Socrates and Heidegger, but in addition approximately Gandhi's "fasting unto demise" and self-immolation; approximately Girard and Passolini, and self-fashioning and the paintings of the essay.

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