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Dying for Ideas
Author: Costica Bradatan

ISBN: 9781472525512
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 19 November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.8
Description:
What do Socrates, Hypatia, Giordano Bruno, Thomas More, and Jan Patocka have in common? First, they were all faced one day with the most difficult of choices: stay faithful to your ideas and die or renounce them and stay alive. Second, they all chose to die. Their spectacular deaths have become not only an integral part of their biographies, but they are also inseparable from their work. A "death for ideas" is a piece of philosophical work in its own right; Socrates may have never written a line, but his death is one of the greatest philosophical best-sellers of all time.

Dying for Ideas explores the limit-situation in which philosophers find themselves when the only means of persuasion they can use is their own dying bodies and the public spectacle of their death. Silenced by brute force, they cannot argue anymore and have to turn philosophy into bodily performance. The phenomenology of this unique situation is as fascinating as it has been neglected. In the manner of a dramatic narrative, the book tells the story of the philosopher's encounter with death as seen from several angles:the tradition of philosophy as a way of life; the body as the locus ...

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