The Wisdom of Death

My essay on Costica Bradatan's Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers: 

All life ends. The heat of breath chills to ragged wheezing. Finally movement and warmth cease utterly and the inertia of death reigns in cool silence.

In this inevitable terminus of life we find terror and significance. Martyrs embody in their deaths the meaning of their lives. Death becomes a cause, an idea; the burning stake, an implement of revolution or an incandescent revelation. If today we have neatly separated ideas and their stakes – tenure offers security if not immortality – we should remember that it has not always been like this. Death and dying lie at the foundation of Western philosophy.... read on here. 

Many thanks to Wanwei Wu, who has translated it into Chinese here