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Arts of DyingLiterature and Finitude in Medieval England$
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D. Vance Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226640853

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.001.0001

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Out of Death, Art of Dying

Out of Death, Art of Dying

(p.13) Chapter One Out of Death, Art of Dying
Arts of Dying

D. Vance Smith

University of Chicago Press

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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