Monday, July 14, 2008
Fearn, Nicholas. "Review of Simon Critchley's THE BOOK OF DEAD PHILOSOPHERS." INDEPENDENT July 13, 2008.
Critchley, Simon. The Book of Dead Philosophers. London: Granta, 2008. Once we get into the sober, modern era of analytic philosophy, the deaths become as straight-laced as the thinkers, except on the Continent where things are always different. When Jean-Paul Sartre expired from dropsy, Simone de Beauvoir threw herself on top of his corpse, where she drank herself to sleep. An exception on the Anglo-American side was A J Ayer, who died twice – the first time temporarily after choking on a piece of salmon. He came back with a tale of celestial cabinet ministers and a red light that rules the universe. His wife reported that he "has got so much nicer since he died". . . . Read the rest here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-book-of-dead-philosophers-by-simon-critchley-864646.html.