5 Philosophers Who Had Tragic Ends

Empedocles, Alan Turing and more.

5 Philosophers Who Had Tragic Ends


Empedocles, a renowned philosopher of the 5th century BC, is celebrated for his theory of the four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - as the foundation of existence.
His practical wisdom was as profound as his understanding of the cosmos.
When violent winds threatened a town’s crops, he ingeniously used donkey skins on poles to deflect the wind, earning him the moniker “the wind-stayer.”
However, Empedocles’ growing fame led him to a tragic end. Believing himself to be a god, he vanished one night, hoping his disciples would think he ascended to heaven.
To make his disappearance believable, he leapt into a volcanic crater.
His plan seemed successful until the volcano erupted, revealing a bronze sandal and his true fate.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing, a hero to many, played a crucial role in cracking the Nazi’s Enigma code during World War II with his pioneering work on early computers.
Known as the father of computer science, Turing’s theoretical work laid the foundation for modern computing.
Despite his monumental contributions, Turing’s homosexuality led to his downfall.
After revealing his sexual orientation to the police, he was subjected to chemical castration as an alternative to imprisonment.
This treatment led to his untimely death at 41, suspected to be suicide by cyanide-laced apple.