Get Very Little ... Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy and PDF

By Simon Critchley

ISBN-10: 1134297742

ISBN-13: 9781134297740

Little or no ... nearly not anything places the query of the which means of lifestyles again on the centre of highbrow debate. Its important trouble is how we will discover a intending to human finitude with out recourse to something that transcends that finitude. A profound yet secular meditation at the subject of demise, Critchley lines the belief of nihilism via Blanchot, Levinas, Jena Romanticism and Cavell, culminating in a examining of Beckett, in lots of methods the hero of the e-book.

In this moment version, Simon Critchley has further a revealing and prolonged new preface, and a brand new bankruptcy on Wallace Stevens which displays at the thought of poetry as philosophy.

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And it might be bad for human beings. There’s the donkey owner, and there are lots of donkey admirers, all of whom will lose out if these animals die. And surely that needs to be taken into account. Nor do we get anywhere by supposing that human life is of infinite value, so that, even if animals are worth something, one of us outweighs any number of them. Hardly anyone believes this about human life, for hardly anyone thinks that we should always put human life above human welfare, or well-being, or happiness.

Feeling pleasure is good. And feeling pain is bad. But feeling less pleasure than you did is bad as well. Maybe it won’t spoil your holiday completely, and there’ll still be things to do, but if it’s sunny the first week, and raining the next, then the amount of pleasure you get will be reduced. And that’s bad. And surely death is bad in the same way. It doesn’t feel bad to be dead. But death puts an end to pleasure, and the good things in life. And that is what is bad about it. But, again the Epicureans have a reply.

Not a Fairy-tale Ending. Young lovers. A candlelit dinner on the river bank. Cool jazz, oysters, champagne. They’re planning their future together. It’s late, and she falls asleep in the car driving her home. But then someone steps into the road, the car swerves, loses control, hits the bridge, overturns. She is killed outright, instantly. The others, miraculously, survive. This case is, of course, like a real one of some years ago. But in this imagined case there is no room for doubt about the rosy future, or the suddenness of death.

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