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Critchley, Simon 1960-

Works: 153 works in 785 publications in 17 languages and 24,562 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Anecdotes  Biography  Essays  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Poetry  Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Producer, Creator, Narrator, Other, Contributor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Compiler, Interviewer, Collector
Classifications: B2430.D484, 190
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Continental philosophy : a very short introduction by Simon Critchley( )

56 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 3,787 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
The ethics of deconstruction : Derrida and Levinas by Simon Critchley( )

51 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 3,105 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
Very little-- almost nothing : death, philosophy, literature by Simon Critchley( )

44 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 2,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Very Little ... Almost Nothing puts the question of the meaning of life back at the centre of intellectual debate. Its central concern is how we can find a meaning to human finitude without recourse to anything that transcends that finitude. A profound but secular meditation on the theme of death, Critchley traces the idea of nihilism through Blanchot, Levinas, Jena Romanticism and Cavell, culminating in a reading of Beckett, in many ways the hero of the book. In this second edition, Simon Critchley has added a revealing and extended new preface, and a new chapter on Wallace Stevens which reflects on the idea of poetry as philosophy
The Cambridge companion to Levinas by Simon Critchley( )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognized 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. His work has had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy--such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international relations theory and critical legal theory"
The book of dead philosophers by Simon Critchley( Book )

37 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,409 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."--Publishers description
On humour by Simon Critchley( )

39 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,379 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
Laclau : a critical reader by Simon Critchley( )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The final section investigates the place of hegemony in Laclau's work, the idea for which he is perhaps best known." "This stimulating collection also includes replies to his critics by Laclau and the important exchange between Laclau and Judith Butler on equality, making it an excellent companion to Laclau's work and essential reading for students of political and social theory."--Jacket
The anarchist turn by Jacob Blumenfeld( )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together innovative and fresh perspectives on contemporary anarchism
Infinitely demanding : ethics of commitment, politics of resistance by Simon Critchley( Book )

42 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 666 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
Deconstruction and pragmatism by Simon Critchley( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and German and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty are two of the most famous living philosophers. The current influence of Deconstruction and Pragmatism, two major intellectual traditions, 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 are committed to the democratic project but they reject the necessary link between universalism, rationalism and modern democracy and seek to clarify what is at stake intellectually and politically. 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
Emmanuel Levinas : basic philosophical writings by Emmanuel Lévinas( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 601 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
ABC of impossibility by Simon Critchley( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An experimental text of para-philosophical fragments working toward a poetic ontology. How does one write an experimental ABC: an impossible theory that would deal with a series of phenomena, concepts, places, sensations, persons, and moods? A para-philosophy? Returning to a once abandoned project of fragmented thoughts where the author's voice moves from the serious, to the pathetic, to the absurd, to the cynical, Simon Critchley's ABC of Impossibility finds new life in the form of this small encyclopedic and aphoristic text where the reader bears witness to the slow emergence of an attempt at a poetic ontology. ABC of Impossibility is a unique undertaking that returns to the poetic site of the fragment as thought. Following a heritage of fragmented, aphoristic thinkers including Pascal, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Pessoa, Critchley revitalizes a para-philosophical thinking that can only be uttered by way of another, as he declares in the opening pages, "In writing this, I promise to tell the truth, but not to be myself."
Modern ethics in 77 arguments : a Stone reader by Peter Catapano( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments explores long-standing ethical and moral issues in light of our most urgent dilemmas. Divided into twelve sections, the book opens with a series of broad arguments on existence, human nature and morality. Indeed, "big" questions of the human condition are explored by some of our best-known and most accomplished living philosophers: What is the meaning of our existence? Should we really "do what we love"? How should we respond to evil? Is pure altruism possible?"--Jacket
Stay, illusion : the Hamlet doctrine by Simon Critchley( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 467 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
Re-reading Levinas( Book )

16 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memory theater by Simon Critchley( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 456 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
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 442 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."
The faith of the faithless : experiments in political theology by Simon Critchley( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Turkish and held by 437 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 )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 382 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
Deconstructive subjectivities( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Cambridge companion to Levinas
The ethics of deconstruction : Derrida and LevinasVery little-- almost nothing : death, philosophy, literatureThe Cambridge companion to LevinasThe book of dead philosophersOn humourLaclau : a critical readerInfinitely demanding : ethics of commitment, politics of resistanceDeconstruction and pragmatism
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Chritchley, Simon

Critchley, S. 1960-

Critchley, S. J. 1960-

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Critchley, Simon James 1960-

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Simon Critchley englischer Philosoph

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Саймън Кричли

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크리츨리, 사이먼 1960-

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