Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers

2015.11.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Costica Bradatan, Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers, Bloomsbury, 2015, 256pp., $34.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.11.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Costica Bradatan, Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers, Bloomsbury, 2015, 256pp., $34.95 (hbk), ISBN 9781472525512. Reviewed by Michael Cholbi, California State Polytechnic University Costica Bradatan's book is an investigation into how death can serve as a philosophical act: "how a philosopher can make a 'good use' of her death and how, in so doing, she re-signifies her life and makes her work whole." (6) Through the lives and deaths of five philosopher-martyrs (Socrates, Hypatia, Thomas More, Giordano Bruno, and Jan Patočka), Bradatan attempts to illustrate how philosophical martyrdom, the act by which a philosopher puts her body "on the line" (7) and thereby treats the body like a text, is itself an act of philosophical persuasion. Such martyrdom, Bradatan proposes, elevates these philosophers into the realm of the mythical, enlarging the intellectual shadows cast by their other more. . .

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