The Book of Dead Philosophers

The Book of Dead Philosophers
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2009-02-10
ISBN: 0307390438
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Dead Philosophers Book Excerpt:

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. 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.

The Book Of Dead Philosophers

The Book Of Dead Philosophers
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-08-04
ISBN: 1847085423
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book Of Dead Philosophers Book Excerpt:

Starting from the premise that philosophers' deaths have been as interesting as their lives, Simon Critchley looks at the strange circumstances in which some philosophers have died and then confronts the big themes - in this case, what 'a good death' means and how to live with the knowledge of death. The book consists of short entries on various philosophers, cataloguing the manner of their demises and linking this to their central ideas, from the Pre-Socratics to Rousseau, Kant and Nietzsche among many others. The book concludes with Critchley's thoughts on the ideal of the philosophical death as a way of denouncing contemporary delusions and sophistries, what Francis Bacon saw as the Idols of the Tribe, the Den, the Market-Place and the Theatre (incidentally, Bacon died in a particularly cold winter in London in 1626 from a cold contracted after trying to stuff a chicken with snow as an experiment in refrigeration).

How to Stop Living and Start Worrying

How to Stop Living and Start Worrying
Author: Simon Critchley,Carl Cederström
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-04-18
ISBN: 0745659594
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Stop Living and Start Worrying Book Excerpt:

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. Reflecting on the work of over 20 years, this book provides a unique, witty and erudite introduction to the thought of Simon Critchley. It includes a revealing biographical conversation with Critchley and a fascinating debate with the critically acclaimed novelist Tom McCarthy about the nature of authenticity. Taken together the conversations give an intimate portrait of one of the most lucid, provocative and engaging philosophers writing today.

The Socrates Express

The Socrates Express
Author: Eric Weiner
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-08-10
ISBN: 1501129023
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Socrates Express Book Excerpt:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss embarks on a rollicking intellectual journey, following in the footsteps of history’s greatest thinkers and showing us how each—from Epicurus to Gandhi, Thoreau to Beauvoir—offers practical and spiritual lessons for today’s unsettled times. We turn to philosophy for the same reasons we travel: to see the world from a dif­ferent perspective, to unearth hidden beauty, and to find new ways of being. We want to learn how to embrace wonder. Face regrets. Sustain hope. Eric Weiner combines his twin passions for philosophy and travel in a globe-trotting pil­grimage that uncovers surprising life lessons from great thinkers around the world, from Rousseau to Nietzsche, Confucius to Simone Weil. Traveling by train (the most thoughtful mode of transport), he journeys thousands of miles, making stops in Athens, Delhi, Wyoming, Coney Island, Frankfurt, and points in between to recon­nect with philosophy’s original purpose: teaching us how to lead wiser, more meaningful lives. From Socrates and ancient Athens to Beauvoir and 20th-century Paris, Weiner’s chosen philosophers and places provide important practical and spiritual lessons as we navigate today’s chaotic times. In a “delightful” odyssey that “will take you places intellectually and humorously” (San Francisco Book Review), Weiner invites us to voyage alongside him on his life-changing pursuit of wisdom and discovery as he attempts to find answers to our most vital questions. The Socrates Express is “full of valuable lessons…a fun, sharp book that draws readers in with its apparent simplicity and bubble-gum philosophy approach and gradually pulls them in deeper and deeper” (NPR).

Notes on Suicide

Notes on Suicide
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2015-09
ISBN: 9781910695067
Category: Suicide
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Notes on Suicide Book Excerpt:

This book is not a suicide note. Ten days after Edouard Leve handed in the manuscript of Suicide to his publisher in 2007, he hanged himself in his apartment. He was 42. Two years after Jean Amery's On Suicide was published in 1976, the author took an overdose of sleeping pills. He was 65. In 1960, some eighteen years after Albert Camus had raised and - so he thought - resolved the question of suicide in The Myth of Sisyphus, he was killed in a car accident. He is alleged to have said that dying in a car crash is the most absurd of all deaths. The absurdity of his death is compounded by the fact he had an unused train ticket in his pocket. He was 46. Let me say at the outset, at the risk of disappointing the reader, that I have no plans to kill myself ... just yet. Nor do I wish to join the chorus of those who proclaim loudly against suicide and claim that the act of taking one's own life is irresponsible and selfish, even shameful and cowardly, that people must stay alive whatever the cost. Suicide, in my view, is neither a legal nor moral offence, and should not be seen as such. My intention here is to simply try to understand the phenomenon, the act itself, what precedes it and what follows. I'd like to consider suicide from the point of view of those who have made the leap, or have come close to it-we might even find that the capacity to take that leap is what picks us out as humans. I want to look at suicide closely, carefully, and perhaps a little coldly, without immediately leaping to judgements or asserting moral principles like the right to life or death. We have to look suicide in the face, long and hard, and see what features, what profile, what inherited character traits and wrinkles emerge. Perhaps what we see when we look closely is our own distorted reflection staring back at us.

Very Little Almost Nothing

Very Little   Almost Nothing
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780415340489
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Very Little Almost Nothing Book Excerpt:

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.

On Humour

On Humour
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2011-08-26
ISBN: 1135199027
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Humour Book Excerpt:

Does humour make us human, or do the cats and dogs laugh along with us? On Humour 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.

What We Think About When We Think About Soccer

What We Think About When We Think About Soccer
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2017-10-31
ISBN: 0525504605
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What We Think About When We Think About Soccer Book Excerpt:

You play soccer. You watch soccer. You live soccer You breathe soccer. But do you think about soccer? Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, inspiring the absolute devotion of countless fans around the globe. But what is it about soccer that makes it so compelling to watch, discuss, and think about? Is it what it says about class, race, or gender? Is it our national, regional, or tribal identities? Simon Critchley thinks it’s all of these and more. In his new book, he explains what soccer can tell us about each, and how each informs the way we interpret the game, all while building a new system of aesthetics, or even poetics, that we can use to watch the beautiful game. Critchley has made a career out of bringing philosophy to the people through popular subjects, and in What We Think About When We Think About Soccer he uses his considerable philosophical acumen to examine the sport that has captured the hearts and minds of millions.

On Heidegger s Being and Time

On Heidegger s Being and Time
Author: Simon Critchley,Reiner Schürmann
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 157
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9780415775953
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Heidegger s Being and Time Book Excerpt:

On Heidegger's Being and Time is an outstanding exploration of Heidegger's most important work by two major philosophers. Simon Critchley argues that we must see Being and Time as a radicalization of Husserl's phenomenology, particularly his theories of intentionality, categorial intuition, and the phenomenological concept of the a priori. This leads to a reappraisal and defense of Heidegger's conception of phenomenology. In contrast, Reiner Schürmann urges us to read Heidegger 'backward', arguing that his later work is the key to unravelling Being and Time. Through a close reading of Being and Time Schürmann demonstrates that this work is ultimately aporetic because the notion of Being elaborated in his later work is already at play within it. This is the first time that Schürmann's renowned lectures on Heidegger have been published. The book concludes with Critchley's reinterpretation of the importance of authenticity in Being and Time. Arguing for what he calls an 'originary inauthenticity', Critchley proposes a relational understanding of the key concepts of the second part of Being and Time: death, conscience and temporality.

Memory Theater

Memory Theater
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Other Press, LLC
Total Pages: 109
Release: 2015-11-17
ISBN: 1590517407
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memory Theater Book Excerpt:

From this renowned philosopher comes a debut work of fiction, at once a brilliant précis of the history of philosophy, a semiautobiographical meditation on the absurd relationship between knowledge and memory, and a very funny story 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.

Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity

Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity
Author: Richard Fletcher,Johanna Hanink
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2016-11-21
ISBN: 1107159083
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity Book Excerpt:

This book examines how the biographical traditions of ancient poets and artists parallel the creative processes of biographers themselves, both within antiquity and beyond. Each chapter explores a range of biographical material that highlights the complexity of how readers and viewers imagine the lives of ancient creator-figures.

Grave Desire

Grave Desire
Author: Steve Finbow
Publsiher: John Hunt Publishing
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2014-11-28
ISBN: 1782793410
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grave Desire Book Excerpt:

Grave Desire is an analysis of the occasions of necrophilia throughout history, literature and the arts. It is an examination of the breaking of taboos and the metastasizing of fetishes in individuals and cultures using the works of Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Žižek and others to explore the biographies of known necrophiles such as Carl von Cosel, Karen Greenlee and Ed Gein, and to analyze the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Troy, Victorian England and the first to eighth century CE civilization of the Moche people in northern Peru who used necrophilia as a means of religious time travel. Throughout the book, examples from the works of Herodotus, the Metaphysical poets, the Marquis de Sade, Cormac McCarthy, Poppie Z Brite, Jörg Buttgereit and more are used for illustration.

Things Merely are

Things Merely are
Author: Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy Simon Critchley,Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780415356312
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Things Merely are Book Excerpt:

In this beautifully written and deeply insightful book, Simon Critchley shows how Wallace Stevens's poems contain deep and important philosophical insight.

An Affect of an Experience

An Affect of an Experience
Author: Kate Love
Publsiher: Intellect Books
Total Pages: 447
Release: 2022-06-13
ISBN: 1789382149
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Affect of an Experience Book Excerpt:

Despite the contemporary trend of focusing on personal experience in art and writing, there is very little critical analysis of the concept of experience within fine art. The overarching conceptual aim of this book is to examine the concept of experience, as both content and as interpretative register in the context of fine art. It explores the reasons why experience, when compared to other modes of consciousness – such as understanding, knowing, perceiving or recognizing – is more aligned with the notion of actuality and thus more likely to be viewed as authentic. It then discusses the idea of writing about experience as a practice in fine art – the idea that writing can be understood as a practice like painting, sculpture, video, etc.– and explores a viable methodology for the art-writing practice. The book seeks to provide a more fluid interpretation of experience. In so doing, it explores the following questions: Why does the reading of experience as self-presence predominate? What is the status and value of experience as evidence? How is experience written and seen? In exploring these questions, Kate Love creates a workable strategy for writing about experience.

Continental Philosophy A Very Short Introduction

Continental Philosophy  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Simon Critchley,Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Oxford Paperbacks
Total Pages: 169
Release: 2001-02-22
ISBN: 0192853597
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Continental Philosophy A Very Short Introduction Book Excerpt:

Critchley discusses the ideas and approaches of philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Husserl, and introduces key concepts such as existentialism, nihilism, and phenomenology by explaining their place in the continental tradition.

Tragedy the Greeks and Us

Tragedy  the Greeks and Us
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-03-05
ISBN: 9781788161480
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tragedy the Greeks and Us Book Excerpt:

We might think we are through with the past, but the past isn't through with us. Tragedy permits us to come face to face with the things we don't want to know about ourselves, but which still make us who we are. It articulates the conflicts and contradictions that we need to address in order to better understand the world we live in.A work honed from a decade's teaching at the New School, where 'Critchley on Tragedy' is one of the most popular courses, Tragedy, the Greeks and Us is a compelling examination of the history of tragedy. Simon Critchley demolishes our common misconceptions about the poets, dramatists and philosophers of Ancient Greece - then presents these writers to us in an unfamiliar and original light.

The Faith of the Faithless

The Faith of the Faithless
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Verso Books
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2012-02-01
ISBN: 1844677370
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Faith of the Faithless Book Excerpt:

The return to religion has perhaps become the dominant cliché 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 Žižek, Critchley concludes with a meditation on the question of violence, and the limits of non-violence.

Bowie

Bowie
Author: Simon Critchley
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2016-09-13
ISBN: 9781944869144
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bowie Book Excerpt:

What made Bowie special? What made him the cultural icon he is today? And what made millions of people around the world tune into his peculiar wavelength and find exactly what they'd been looking for all along? Simon Critchley's keen-eyed, moving and textured tribute to Bowie paints an essential picture of how he tapped into the zeitgeist - and into our hearts.

The Hamlet Doctrine

The Hamlet Doctrine
Author: Simon Critchley,Jamieson Webster
Publsiher: Pantheon Books
Total Pages: 269
Release: 2013
ISBN: 9781781682562
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hamlet Doctrine Book Excerpt:

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Critchley and Webster consider the political context and stakes of Shakespeare's play, its relation to religion, the movement of desire, and the incapacity to love.

Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers

Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers
Author: Catherine Osborne
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2009-05-28
ISBN: 9780199568277
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers Book Excerpt:

This unusual philosophy book asks the reader to reconsider the received view that animal rights have no place in ancient thought. Catherine Osborne argues that by reflecting on the work of the ancient philosophers and poets, we can see when and how we lost touch with the natural intelligence of dumb animals.