Texas Tech University

DYING for Ideas is an engaging read. Accessible, penetrating and erudite, it's a beautifully written book which reveals that philosophy is not about academics grinding out dry papers but about mortals confronting the truths of the human condition in order to develop an art of living.

Author Costica Bradatan, professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University, argues that death is central to the ethical question of how we should live because if one thing is certain it is that life is finite.

"As soon as man enters on life, he is at once old enough to die," he writes. That is a thought that should be borne constantly in mind, not simply to avoid squandering our time but because doing so helps us live more honest, realistic and authentic lives.

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