This is my latest post for Psychology Today. You can read it here.
I just finished reading “The Book Of Dead Philosophers” by Simon Critchley. The book came to me by way of recommendation from a friend. I finally picked it up about a year later (I sometimes have a list of books I intend to read that takes a while to get through) and was excited to read it. After reading Critchley’s introduction, I was enamored with the book and couldn’t wait to get through it.
The book focuses on the deaths of 190 philosophers, from the ancients to the modern. The theme is to show how philosophy affects one’s life; how one dies in (or out) of accordance with the beliefs that …
A big part of this life is understanding we have less control than we believe we do, then accepting that knowledge, and even embracing it.