A Morbid Romantic

John Kekes

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Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199546923
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720109 | DOI:
 A Morbid Romantic

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This chapter reflects on the significance of the life and horrible death of Mishima, the Japanese novelist. His life and death exemplify the miserable, conflicted style of life that results from a romantic obsession with death. His attitude is morbid, his manner excessive, and his project is to aestheticize death. It is a vivid example of the consequences of setting oneself to live and act contrary to practical reason.

Keywords: romanticism; morbidity; Mishima; excess; practical reason; conflict

Chapter.  6976 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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