Philosophers’ Break-Up Letters


For our entire relationship, I was absolutely and irrevocably miserable. I can see now that you used me purely as a means to an end. Don’t you know how that makes me feel? It is imperative that you reflect on the meaning of universal law, and stop doing that thing you did with your tongue. I hated that.—Immanuel Kant

Julia Edelman collates excerpts from philosophers’ break-up letters at The New Yorker. I suspect she missed a few. If you know of any, feel free to add them in the comments. (There’s also this old list.)

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