Christopher Hitchens To Undergo Chemotherapy On His Esophagus

Here’s his brief announcement of this terrible news:

I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.

I’m sure I speak for many when I say that we love you, we’ll be thinking about you, and we’ll be hoping for the full, painless as possible, recovery you deserve.  In the meantime, but hopefully not for long, we will miss your wit, your insight, and your passion.  But, most of all, we will miss your unquietable conscience on behalf of Enlightenment political and intellectual values in the public square.  Get well soon as possible.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Chris

    Oh my… not to be discouraging at all.. just that my father was/is the most intelligent/thoughtful/philosophical man in my life, and he died of esophagael cancer.. dad “educated himself out of religion” with a philosophy and religion BA(??) made possible by a stint in the US Marines during Korea.. he was (besides m,y husband) the most thoughtful and intelligent man I knew.. miss him greatly.. I hope CH the best- cannabis is a very helpful medicine.. remember that…

  • Kevin Sullivan

    Good luck, Christopher! We’ll be praying for you. I mean,uh, wait what?

  • jude

    It’s too bad….hopefully they caught it early enough. He was a perfect storm of susceptibility, with smoking, drinking, and acid reflux, so I hope he helps other people to reflect on these risks, so often ignored and yet so common.

    Kevin, good one!

  • mikespeir

    I’d be praying if I thought It’d do the least amount of good. Good luck, anyway, Christopher.

  • Michael Saporito

    Terrible news – Chris is my mentor – I was honored to be able to review his memoir pre-publication. Not a great type of cancer to have – hope the treatments work and you are back soon – we need you!

  • Michael Saporito

    BTW – he would hate “Chris” – I should have typed “Christopher”

  • Nicoline Smits

    I am so very sorry to hear that you are sick. My best wishes for a speedy recovery!