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Out of Death, Art of Dying

Out of Death, Art of Dying

Chapter:
(p.13) Chapter One Out of Death, Art of Dying
Source:
Arts of Dying
Author(s):
D. Vance Smith
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.003.0002

Death is a problem of predication: classical and medieval philosophy puzzled over how to say anything about the state of nonbeing. This chapter surveys the important interventions in the philosophy of language from Aristotle to the Oxford Calculators (Thomas Bradwardine, Walter Burley, William Heytesbury, Richard Swineshead, Richard Kilvington), in medieval poetry, particularly in John Lydgate, in contemporary continental theory, especially Theodor Adorno and Edward Said (and the question of "late style") and the conversation between Maurice Blanchot and Gillian Rose.

Keywords:   nonbeing, Oxford Calculators, Thomas Bradwardine, Richard Kilvington, Theodor Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Gillian Rose, philosophy of language, late style

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