Thomas Pfau


Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English and a professor of German at Duke University, with a secondary appointment on the Duke Divinity School faculty. His many books include Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge and Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1790–1840.

The Lost Art of Dying

from The Evening of Life, Volume 20, Number 3

Death is experienced as the total absence of meaning and, consequently, as something not to be understood but merely to be managed by drawing on medical ingenuity, pharmaceutical resources, and the (increasingly limited) forbearance of insurance companies.