The Philosopher Who Took His Own Life

Ben Thomas
Nov 5, 2020 · 7 min read

Philosophy and philosophers can be kinda depressing. Even the more hopeful theories and ideas still get to their conclusion with a healthy dose of sobering reality and pessimism. And then there’s pessimism itself, a branch of philosophy in which the conclusion is more or less “it is better to not be than to be”. Nobody has taken this to its extreme more than Phillip Mainlander, the philosopher who took his own life.