Book Launch and Discussion: Dying for Ideas

Book Launch and Discussion: Dying for Ideas

Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
Fellow's Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Costica Bradatan (Texas Tech)
Professor Sir Richard Sorabji (Oxford)
Dr Shruti Kapila (Cambridge)
Dr Faisal Devji (Oxford)
Dr Oliver Ready (Oxford)
Chair: 
Faisal Devji
Convenor: 
Faisal Devji (Oxford)
Series: 
Asian Studies Seminar

Dying for Ideas explores the limit-situation in which philosophers find themselves when the only means of persuasion they can use is their own dying bodies and the public spectacle of their death. The book tells the story of the philosopher's encounter with death as seen from several angles: the tradition of philosophy as an art of living; the body as the site of self-transcending; death as a classical philosophical topic; taming death and self-fashioning; finally, the philosophers' scapegoating and their live performance of a martyr's death, followed by apotheosis and disappearance into myth. 

COSTICA BRADATAN is Associate Professor of Humanities in the Honors College at Texas Tech University and Honorary Research Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author and editor of eight books, and has written for The New York Times, The New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, Dissent, Boston Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Globe & Mail amongst others. Bradatan serves as the Religion/Comparative Studies Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.