Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The End of Philosophers



Simon Critchley, a philosopher at the New School for Social Research, presents a fascinating and funny examination of how many of the great philosophers met their ultimate end. Critchley is the author of The Book of Dead Philosophers (2008), an examination of the philosophical concept of death.

4 comments:

FJ said...

The New School for Social Research, where philosophy goes to die.

Josh said...

Fantastic. I am still wondering if the story of Schopenhauer strangling Hegel is true or not.

There is a wonderful comic book dedicated to the zaniness of philosophers called, "Action Philosophers."

http://comics.wikia.com/wiki/Action_Philosophers

I especially like Issue #2,

"All-Sex Special" - Features Thomas Jefferson, Ayn Rand, and Saint Augustine.

FJ said...

Comedy is a hammer. If you can make fun of it, you can destroy it.

PoMo philosophers are the hecatonchires of "traditional" values.

Alinsky, Rules for Radicals - 5 "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

Jerome said...

Action Philosophers is great! If you can find the last issue (#9 I think) called "We Hate the French!" is hilarious. The book comes to an abrupt end because Derrida ends up deconstructing the comic.