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Critchley, Simon 1960-

Works: 107 works in 568 publications in 15 languages and 20,289 library holdings
Genres: Anecdotes  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Fictional autobiographies  Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings  Drama  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Speaker, Creator, Other, zxx, Interviewee, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Contributor, Compiler
Classifications: B2430.D484, 190
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The book of dead philosophers by Simon Critchley( Book )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 1,342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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.--From publisher description
The ethics of deconstruction : Derrida and Levinas by Simon Critchley( Book )

48 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is now widely accepted that The Ethics of Deconstruction was the first book to argue for the ethical turn in Derrida's work and to show as powerfully as possible how deconstruction has persuasive ethical consequences that were vital to our thinking through of questions of politics and democracy. Now reissued with three new appendices which restate as well as reflect upon and deepen the book's arguments, The Ethics of Deconstruction is undoubtedly the standard work in the field
A companion to continental philosophy by William R Schroeder( Book )

33 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Representing the entire development of post-Kantian continental philosophy, the volume functions as an essential reference work for philosophers and those engaged in the many disciplines (including literary theory and cultural studies) that are integral to continental and European philosophy
Continental philosophy : a very short introduction by Simon Critchley( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Continental philosophy is a contested concept which cuts to the heart of the identity of philosophy and its relevance to matters of public concern and personal life. This book attempts to answer the question 'What is Continental philosophy?' by telling a story that begins with Kant 200 years ago and includes discussions of major philosophers like Nietzsche, Husserl, and Heidegger. At the core of the book is a plea to place philosophy at the centre of cultural life, and thus reawaken its ancient definition of the love of wisdom that makes life worth living."--BOOK JACKET
The Cambridge companion to Levinas by Simon Critchley( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognised alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy
Emmanuel Levinas : basic philosophical writings by Emmanuel Lévinas( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), has exerted a profound influence on twentieth-century continental philosophy. This anthology of Levinas's key philosophical texts over a period of more than forty years provides an ideal introduction to his thought and offers insights into his most innovative ideas. Five of the ten essays included here appear in English for the first time. An introduction by Adriaan Peperzak outlines Levinas's philosophical development and the basic themes of his writings. Each essay is accompanied by a brief introduction and notes. This collection is an ideal text for students of philosophy concerned with understanding and assessing the work of this major philosopher
Infinitely demanding : ethics of commitment, politics of resistance by Simon Critchley( Book )

29 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is the clearest, boldest and most systematic statement 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 Demanding identifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy and argues that what is called for is an ethics of commitment that can inform a radical politics. Infinitely Demanding culminates in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a remotivating means of political organization."--Jacket
Very little-- almost nothing : death, philosophy, literature by Simon Critchley( Book )

36 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compelling read, Very Little ... Almost Nothing opens up new ways of understanding finitude, modernity and the nature of imagination. Revised edition with a new preface by the author
Stay, illusion : the Hamlet doctrine by Simon Critchley( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this insightful interpretation, philosopher Critchley (The Faith of the Faithless) and psychoanalyst Webster (The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis) offer their take on Hamlet, using as touchstones the work of analysts such as Freud and Jacques Lacan, philosophers like Walter Benjamin and Nietzsche, and writers such as James Joyce, all of whom have written about the play. The authors discuss Hamlet's bizarre obsession with his mother, his inability to kill Claudius, as well as the oppression caused by the near-constant spying on others, among other topics. Of the theories presented to explain Hamlet's failure to avenge his father, the most interesting is Hegel's suggestion that with his experience with death, he becomes disgusted with humanity, and no longer cares to engage in the world except in an absurd, punning way; "the wrong man" for the job, he dies as a result of his own hesitation and external circumstance. Ophelia's situation is also explored; used by Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes, and Claudius and Gertrude as bait, "her desire explodes onto the stage" in her madness scene and in the description of her death. Whether singing of flowers and their reproductive cycles, or appearing in a pool "mermaid-like" and with a voice "heavy with 'drink, '"Ophelia finally expresses the sexuality restrained and ignored by others. The author's passion for the play and its questions are clearly evident. -- Publisher's Weekly
On humour by Simon Critchley( Book )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Critchley skillfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood features 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
Re-reading Levinas( Book )

14 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deconstruction and pragmatism by Simon Critchley( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty are two of the most famous living philosophers. Deconstruction and pragmatism are the two major intellectual traditions whose current influence would be unthinkable without their work. This ground-breaking book brings these two thinkers together in a critical confrontation between these two traditions. Derridean deconstruction and Rortian pragmatism are both accused by their enemies of undermining our ideas of truth and reason, but do their ideas lead to intellectual and political chaos? Both seek to clarify what is at stake intellectually and politically while two other distinguished theorists, Simon Critchley and Ernesto Laclau, provide a critical context for their debate and bring out the importance of the convergences and differences between the two
Memory theater by Simon Critchley( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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"--Dust jacket flap
The faith of the faithless : experiments in political theology by Simon Critchley( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The return to religion has perhaps become the dominant cliche 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. The Faith of the Faithless asks how we might respond. Following Critchley's Infinitely Demanding, 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 Zizek, Critchley concludes with a meditation on the question of violence, and the limits of non-violence
Ethics, politics, subjectivity : essays on Derrida, Levinas and contemporary French thought by Simon Critchley( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ethics - Politics - Subjectivity, Simon Critchley takes up three questions at the centre of contemporary theoretical debate: What is ethical experience? What can be said of the subject who has this experience? What, if any, is the relation of ethical experience to politics? Through spirited confrontations with major thinkers, such as Lacan, Nancy, Rorty, and, in particular, Levinas and Derrida, Critchley finds answers in a nuanced "ethics of finitude" and defends the political possibilities of deconstruction. Democracy, economics, friendship, and technology are all considered anew in Critchleyʹs bold excursions on the meaning and value of recent French philosophy. -- Back cover
Things merely are : philosophy in the poetry of Wallace Stevens by Simon Critchley( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is an invitation to read poetry. Simon Critchley argues that poetry enlarges life with a range of observation, power of expression and attention to language that eclipses any other medium. In an extended engagement with the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Critchley reveals that poetry also contains deep and important philosophical insight. Above all, he argues for a 'poetic epistemology' that enables us to recast the philosophical problem of the relation between mind and world, or thought and things, in a way that allows us to cast the problem away." "Drawing on Kant, the German and English Romantics and Heidegger, Critchley argues that, through its descriptions of particular things and their difficult plainness, poetry evokes the 'mereness' of things. Poetry brings us to the realization that things merely are, an experience that provokes a mood of calm, a calm that allows the imagination to press back against the pressure of reality. Critchley also argues that this calm defines the cinematic eye of Terrence Malick, whose work is discussed at the end of the book."--Jacket
Deconstructive subjectivities( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Heidegger's Being and time by Simon Critchley( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the time of his death in 1993, Reiner Schürmann was one of the world' s leading Heidegger scholars. On Heidegger' s Being and Time is an outstanding exploration and elucidation of Heidegger' s most important work by two major philosophers, providing a masterclass in reading a philosophical classic. It is also the first time that Sch rmann' s renowned lectures on Heidegger have been published
Laclau : a critical reader by Simon Critchley( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Laclau: A Critical Reader is the first full-length critical appraisal of Ernesto Laclau's work and includes contributions from several leading philosophers and theorists. The first section examines Laclau's theory that the contest between universalism and particularism provides much of the philosophical background to political and social struggle, taking up the important place accorded to, amongst others, Hegel and Lacan in Laclau's work. The second section of the book considers what Laclau's 'radical democracy' might look like and reflects on its ethical implications, particularly in relation to Laclau's post-Marxism and thinkers such as Jurgen Habermas
How to stop living and start worrying : conversations with Carl Cederström by Simon Critchley( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The question of how to lead a happy and meaningful life has been at the heart of philosophical debate since time immemorial. Today, however, these questions seem to be addressed not by philosophers but self-help gurus, who frantically champion the individual's quest for self-expression and self-realization; the desire to become authentic. Against these new age sophistries, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying tackles the question of 'how to live' by forcing us to explore our troubling relationship with death. For Critchley, philosophy begins with the question of finitude and with his understanding of a key classical theme - that to philosophize is to learn how to die. Learning how to accept both our own and others' mortality as a part of life also raises the question of how to love. Critchley argues that the act of love requires us to give up something of ourselves, to lose control so as to be open to the demands of love. We will never be equal to this demand and so we are brought face to face with our own limitations - one form of which is what Critchley calls our 'originary inauthenticity'. By scrutinizing the very nature of humour, Critchley explores what we need to laugh at ourselves and presents the need to confront the inescapable ridiculousness of life. -- Publisher description
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The book of dead philosophers
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The ethics of deconstruction : Derrida and LevinasA companion to continental philosophyContinental philosophy : a very short introductionThe Cambridge companion to LevinasEmmanuel Levinas : basic philosophical writingsInfinitely demanding : ethics of commitment, politics of resistanceVery little-- almost nothing : death, philosophy, literatureOn humour