(…wondering things as Wittgenstein would do in the Philosophical Investigations)
Mea Culpa. I’ve completely forgotten René Descartes in my list of (more or less) philosophers who’ve lost a child and/or speak about it. I haven’t the precise reference here but it’s in some of his letters…has anyone another name to suggest? (or movies dealing more or less with that maybe, like the broken circle breakdown or tree of life?)
One day, I’ll design a survey targeting all people who are “into” philosophy: students, teachers, other people who read philosophers or have philosophical studies in high esteem - in order to try to capture different profiles, different ways to “do” philosophy, the scope it has on their daily life etc. Or maybe there’s already this kind of survey existing somewhere in the internet?
1. Epictetus, Enchiridion: “if you are kissing your child or wife, say that it is a human being whom you are kissing, for when the wife or child dies, you will not be disturbed.”
2. Emerson, Experience: “in the death of my son, now more than two years ago, I seem to have lost a beautiful estate,—no more. I cannot get it nearer to me.”
3. Rust Cohle, True Detective: “my daughter died so let me call myself a pessimist. She was just a baby - so lucky not to have the time to be aware of the misery of our existences”