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  1. Suicide (Kindle Single)
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  2. Suicide (Kindle Single)

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Suicide is everywhere. It haunts history and current events. It haunts our own networks of friends and family. It most likely haunts your private thoughts, too. Why delay the inevitable silence, particularly when this world can be so painful? The specter of suicide looms large, but the topic is taboo because any meaningful discussion must at the very least consider that the answer to the question — “is life worth living?” — might not be an emphatic yes; it might even be a stern no.

Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School in New York City, takes on the precarious question of suicide in this darkly fascinating book. Through a sweeping historical overview of suicide, a moving literary survey of famous suicide notes, and a psychological analysis of himself, Critchley offers us an authentic portrait of what it means to possess the all too human gift and curse of being able to choose life or death.

With poignance, empathy, and scholarly thoroughness, Suicide takes us to the humming cliff of death. Here on the edge, Critchley calmly and pacifically whispers the ecstatic secret of life to us.

SIMON CRITCHLEY is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little… Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, The Mattering of Matter, Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society (with Tom McCarthy) and Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (with Jamieson Webster). An experimental new work, Memory Theatre, and a book called Bowie were both published in 2014 ​. He is moderator of ‘The Stone’, a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.

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I don’t usually have a bone to pick with famous intellectual figures, but this text just got stuck crosswise in my craw. Perhaps it is because I admire Simon Critchley, the only contemporary philosopher I try to follow with some consistency; perhaps I just don’t know what I’m talking about and someone will set me straight and help me swallow this one down.
In the first section of this short work, the author states that it is his intention “to give a defense of suicide in the sense of simply trying to understand the phenomenon” and “to think about the act and put ourselves in the shoes or heads of those who have made that leap or who have come close to it.” He goes on to identify that “the question is one of the limits of forebearance which are limits that should be understood with empathy and introspection”, but rather than exploring those limits, we are treated to some broad outlines of suicidal motivations with illustrative... Read more
I don’t think there has been an honest book written about suicide in recent memory, until now. Mr. Critchley confronts the controversial topic head on with complete honesty and philosophical candor. Highly recommended, and one of the best books published by Thought Catalog thus far.
This book can only be described as weird. It’s depressing, truly depressing at first, but somehow by the end of it I felt differently about the book, it sort of reinvigorated my life with a new energy. Critchley does a great job of being emotional while mixing in facts and history about suicide, then, ultimately just bringing it all together to give you a life-affirming message.
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