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The Book Of Dead Philosophers

To philosophize is to learn how to die Cicero assassinated by order of Mark Antony br One who no longer is cannot suffer Lucretius suicide allegedly driven mad by a love potion br Life is solitary poor nasty brutish and short Hobbes died in bed age br In this collection of brief lives and deaths of nearly two hundred of the world s greatest thinkers noted philosopher Simon Critchley creates a register of mortality that is tragic amusing absurd and exemplary From the self mocking haikus of Zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words of Christian saints and modern day sages this irresistible book contains much to inspire both amusement and reflection br Informed by Critchley s acute insight scholarly intelligence and sprightly wit each entry tells its own tale but collected together they add up to a profound and moving investigation of meaning and the possibility of happiness for us all

Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

In this enlightening new Very Short Introduction Simon Critchley shows us that Continental philosophy encompasses a distinct set of philosophical traditions and practices with a compelling range of problems all too often ignored by the analytic tradition He discusses the ideas and approaches of philosophers such as Kant Hegel Nietzsche Husserl Heidegger Sartre Habermas Foucault and Derrida He also introduces key concepts such as existentialism nihilism and phenomonology by explaining their place in the Continental tradition br The perfect guide for anyone interested in the great philosophers this volume explains in lucid straightforward language the split between Continental and Anglo American philosophy and the importance of acknowledging Continental philosophy br About the Series Combining authority with wit accessibility and style Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics from philosophy to Freud quantum theory to Islam br


Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie in the early seventies when the singer appeared on Britain s most watched music show Top of the Pops His performance of Starman mesmerized Critchley it was so sexual so knowing so strange Two days later Critchley s mum bought a copy of the single she liked both the song and the performer s bright orange hair she had previously been a hairdresser The seed of a lifelong love affair was thus planted in the mind of her son aged br br In this concise and engaging excursion through the songs of one of the world s greatest pop stars Critchley whose writings on philosophy have garnered widespread praise melds together personal narratives of how Bowie lit up his dull life in southern England s suburbs with philosophical forays into the way concepts of authenticity and identity are turned inside out in Bowie s work The result is nearly as provocative and mind expanding as the artist it portrays br br Playlist of Bowie s songs that appear in the Critchley s book br a target blank href https www youtube com playlist list PLyC ffmxBYgQlMIjRGOAmhjGTfWGbbLBC rel nofollow https www youtube com playlist list a

Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance

Infinitely Demanding is the clearest boldest and most systematic of Simon Critchley s influential views on philosophy ethics and politics Part diagnosis of the times part theoretical analysis of the impasses and possibilities of ethics and politics part manifesto Infinitely Demandind identifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy and argues that what is called for is an ethics of commitment thatn can inform a radical politics exploring the problem of ethics in Kant Levinas Badiou and Lacan that leads to a conception of subjectivity based on the infinite responsibility of an ethical demand Critchley considers the possibility of political subjectivity and action after Marx and Marxism Infinitely Demanding culminates in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a renovating means of political organization

On Humour

Does humour make us human or do the cats and dogs laugh along with us em On Humour em is a fascinating beautifully written and funny book on what humour can tell us about being human Simon Critchley skilfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood aspects of humour such as our tendency to laugh at animals and our bodies why we mock death with comedy and why we think it s funny when people act like machines He also looks at the darker side of humour as rife in sexism and racism and argues that it is important for reminding us of people we would rather not be

The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology

The return to religion has perhaps become the dominant clich of contemporary theory which rarely offers anything more than an exaggerated echo of a political reality dominated by religious war Somehow the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era where political action flows directly from metaphysical conflict em The Faith of the Faithless em asks how we might respond Following Critchley s em Infinitely Demanding em this new book builds on its philosophical and political framework also venturing into the questions of faith love religion and violence Should we defend a version of secularism and quietly accept the slide into a form of theism or is there another way From Rousseau s politics and religion to the return to St Paul in Taubes Agamben and Badiou via explorations of politics and original sin in the work of Schmitt and John Gray Critchley examines whether there can be a faith of the faithless a belief for unbelievers Expanding on his debate with Slavoj i ek Critchley concludes with a meditation on the question of violence and the limits of non violence

Memory Theater

b From this renowned philosopher comes a debut work of fiction at once a brilliant pr cis of the history of philosophy a semiautobiographical meditation on the absurd relationship between knowledge and memory and a very funny story br b br A French philosopher dies during a savage summer heat wave Boxes carrying his unpublished papers mysteriously appear in Simon Critchley s office Rooting through them Critchley discovers a brilliant text on the ancient art of memory and a cache of astrological charts predicting the deaths of various philosophers Among them is a chart for Critchley himself laying out in great detail the course of his life and eventual demise While waiting for his friend s prediction to come through Critchley receives the missing final box which contains a maquette of Giulio Camillo s sixteenth century Venetian memory theater a space supposed to contain the sum of all knowledge With nothing left to hope for Critchley devotes himself to one final project before his death the building of a structure to house his collective memories and document the remnants of his entire life


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Very Little .... Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy, Literature

The death of man the end of history and even philosophy are strong and troubling currents running through contemporary debates Yet since Nietzsche s heralding of the death of god philosophy has been unable to explain the question of finitude br em Very Little Almost Nothing em goes to the heart of this problem through an exploration of Blanchot s theory of literature Stanley Cavell s interpretations of romanticism and the importance of death in the work of Samuel Beckett Simon Critchley links these themes to the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas to present a powerful new picture of how we must approach the importance of death in philosophy br A compelling reading of the convergence of literature and philosophy em Very Little Almost Nothing em opens up new ways of understanding finitude modernity and the nature of the imagination

How to Stop Living and Start Worrying: Conversations with Carl Cederstrom

Simon Critchley is one of the most provocative lucid and wide ranging philosophers writing today This book provides an intimate portrait of his thought in a series of extended conversations focused on four themes death love humour and authenticity

The Book Of Dead Philosophers, Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology, Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance, On Humour, Very Little .... Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy, Literature, Bowie, Memory Theater, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying: Conversations with Carl Cederstrom, Suicide