It’s question and answer time here on the ol’ summer collection management project! Our question today comes from an anthology from the 1950s called Readings in Philosophy by John Herman Randall, Jr., which I’ve just removed from the collection:
“Dear God,” Janet sincerely asks, “Did these guys think themselves to death?”
As it happens, this question has a very simple answer: No, Janet, they did not.
But how did they die, then? Well…
Causes of Death of the Philosophers Whose Work is Collected in Randall’s Anthology, Ranked from Most to Least Common
- Old age
- Abdominal cancer of some kind
- Assorted heart and related respiratory conditions
- Blood poisoning
- Complications from head injury
- Bacterial skin infection
You’re welcome, Janet! Happy to help!
*There’s an outside chance that one of the cases of pneumonia was actually a case of arsenic poisoning, where said arsenic was administered via a tainted communion wafer.