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By Ava Chitwood

How does one die by means of philosophy? In Diogenes Laertius, philosophers bounce into volcanoes, bury themselves in dung, get eaten by means of canine, hold themselves, drown, and vanish into skinny air -- occasionally all in one lifetime. yet what occurs once we glance past the wonderful and absurd to ascertain the actual ways in which the philosophers' lives and deaths are recounted?

Ava Chitwood's reexamination of Diogenes Laertius's philosophical biographies opens a brand new window at the highbrow tradition and context during which the paintings of philosophers like Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Democritus was once learn, bought, and transmitted. Chitwood's research additionally indicates a strategy for realizing the interaction among biography and philosophy and for comparing biographical sources.

While Chitwood's process combines the disciplines of classical philology and philosophy, demise through Philosophy isn't meant exclusively for the professional. This research deals the trendy reader a desirable, clean, and pleasing view of the traditional literary and philosophical world.

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