Summer Project, Part 2: Q & A

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

  1. Old age
  2. Pneumonia*
  3. Abdominal cancer of some kind
  4. Assorted heart and related respiratory conditions
  5. Stroke
  6. Blood poisoning
  7. Complications from head injury
  8. 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.


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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