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Notes on Suicide (Paperback): Simon Critchley Notes on Suicide (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
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Suicide is everywhere. It haunts history and current events. It haunts our own networks of friends and family. The spectre of suicide looms large, but the topic is taboo because any meaningful discussion must at the very least consider that the answer to the question - 'is life worth living?' - might not be an emphatic yes; it might even be a stern no. Through a sweeping historical overview of suicide, a moving literary survey of famous suicide notes, and a psychological analysis of himself, Simon Critchley offers us an insight into what it means to possess the all too human gift and curse of being of being able to choose life or death.

Memory Theatre (Paperback): Simon Critchley Memory Theatre (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
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A French philosopher dies during a savage summer heat wave. Boxes carrying his unpublished miscellany mysteriously appear in Simon Critchley's office. Rooting through piles of papers, 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. Becoming obsessed with the details of his fate, Critchley receives the missing, final box, which contains a maquette of Giulio Camillo's sixteenth-century Venetian memory theatre, a space supposed to contain the sum of all knowledge. That's when the hallucinations begin -

Navigating in the Dark - Kalliopi Lemos (Paperback, New): Simon Critchley, Arthur Coleman Danto, Jim Fitzgerald Navigating in the Dark - Kalliopi Lemos (Paperback, New)
Simon Critchley, Arthur Coleman Danto, Jim Fitzgerald
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Kalliopi Lemos is a Greek sculptor, painter and installation artist. Lemos' work explores various themes, of which the narrative of journeys, displacement and the politics of forced migration are central. She has exhibited her work internationally. Navigating in the Dark: Kalliopi Lemos documents a series of exhibitions of Lemos' work at three international venues: Benaki Museum, Athens, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon and the Crypt of St Pancras Church, London. The three exhibitions were a culmination of Lemos' work over the past ten years, each exhibiting large-scale installations exploring themes of physical and spiritual migration. Navigating in the Dark presents full-color images of the installations, depicting them alongside each other for the first time. Alongside photographic documentation, three essays explore Lemos' work and methodology. Arthur C Danto has discussed each installation in depth, relating them to wider themes, in his essay "A Sculptural Navigation"; meanwhile, Jim Fitzgerald carefully observes each of the installations and their particular qualities, relating Lemos' work to her Greek heritage, whilst Simon Critchley presents the wider themes of the artist's work from a philosophical viewpoint in "Watergazing with Kalliopi Lemos."

Gareth Long Never Odd or Even (Paperback): Simon Critchley, et al Gareth Long Never Odd or Even (Paperback)
Simon Critchley, et al
R1,114 Discovery Miles 11 140 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Never Odd or Even documents two recent bodies of work by New York-based artist Gareth Long. Untitled (Stories) is a set of lenticular prints accompanied by the book series that pivots around a disjunction between the oeuvre of J.D. Salinger and the design of his books: the original Little, Brown & Co. book cover designs are a starting point for nine large-scale prints. An unfinished Gustave Flaubert novel is the central point around which the other works revolve. Bouvard and Pecuchet's Invented Desk for Copying is a suite of two-sided desk-sculptures that form the core of a related suite of projects. At the heart of both works lies a fascination with books as uniquely flexible vehicles of meaning, as complex compendia to be read, re-read and mis-read.

Laclau - A Critical Reader (Hardcover): Simon Critchley, Oliver Marchart Laclau - A Critical Reader (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley, Oliver Marchart
R2,015 Discovery Miles 20 150 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Over the last thirty years, the work of the political theorist Ernesto Laclau has reinvigorated radical political and social theory. Taking concepts previously ignored or unused within mainstream political theory, such as the political, hegemony, discourse, identity, and representation, he has made them fundamental to thinking about politics and social theory. Resisting the dead end of postmodern politics, his work has drawn in stimulating ways on Gramscian, poststructuralist and psychoanalytic theory.
"Laclau: A Critical Reader "is the first full-length critical appraisal of 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. 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.

Humor (Paperback): Simon Critchley Humor (Paperback)
Simon Critchley; Translated by Gertjan Cobelens
R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Humor is een fascinerend, prachtig geschreven en komisch boek over wat homor ons kan vertellen over onze menselijke natuur.
Van de oudheid tot aan de moderne tijd en puttend uit het werk van een breed scala aan auteurs, in het bijzonder Swift, Sterne, Shaftesbury, Bergson, Beckett en Freud, keert Humor het komische binnenstebuiten en onthult ons een smakelijk inzicht in wat we grappig vinden. Humor beantwoordt vragen zoals: "Waarom lijden komieken aan depressies," "Waarom lachen we zo vaak om dieren" en "Wat gebeurt er in racistische en seksistische humor."
Humor zal niet alleen de lezers uit een reeks van disciplines zoals filosofie, theologie, literatuurwetenschap, psycholanalyse, geschiedenis en antropologie aanspreken, maar ook zeer tot de verbeelding spreken van een ieder met een gevoel voor humor - ieder van ons dus, hopelijk.

Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us (Hardcover): Simon Critchley Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley
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Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments - A Stone Reader (Hardcover): Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments - A Stone Reader (Hardcover)
Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley
R569 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R120 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Since 2010, The Stone-the immensely popular, award-winning philosophy column in The New York Times-has revived and re-interpreted age-old inquiries to speak to our contemporary condition. Now, doing for modern ethics what The Stone Reader (ISBN 978 1 63149 071 2) did for modern philosophy, this portable new volume features 77 essays from an online series that has enthralled millions with its lively, accessible examinations of perennial philosophical topics such as consciousness, religious belief and morality. The result is a thought-provoking collection, showcasing a fascinating debate that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. This insightful compendium promises to enliven the world of ethical thought and action in both the classroom and everyday life.

Bowie (Paperback): Simon Critchley Bowie (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
R320 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Tragedy, the Greeks and Us (Hardcover): Simon Critchley Tragedy, the Greeks and Us (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley 1
R447 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R147 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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.

What We Think About When We Think About Football (Paperback): Simon Critchley What We Think About When We Think About Football (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
R206 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R52 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What do we think about when we think about football? Football is about so many things: memory, history, place, social class, gender (especially masculinity, but increasingly femininity too), family identity, tribal identity, national identity, the nature of groups. It is essentially collaborative, even socialist, yet it exists in a sump of greed, corruption, capitalism and autocracy.

Philosopher Simon Critchley attempts to make sense of it all, and to establish a system of aesthetics - even poetics - to show what is beautiful in the beautiful game. He explores, too, how the experience of watching football opens a particular dimension in time; how its magic wards off oblivion; how its dramas play out national identity and non-identity; how we spectators, watching football with tragic pensiveness, participate in the play. And of course, as a football fan, he writes about his heroes and villains: about Zidane and Cruyff, Clough and Revie, Shankly and Klopp.

On Humour (Hardcover): Simon Critchley On Humour (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley
R1,884 Discovery Miles 18 840 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


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.
Throughout, On Humour uses arresting examples from antiquity to modernity and from laughing at our bodies to the darker side of humour in racism and sexism. Critchley also draws on writers who have used humour, including Swift, Sterne, Bergson, Beckett and Freud, turning the comical inside out to reveal some delectable insights about what we find funny. Above all, he reveals that the humanity of humour is in being able to laugh at oneself.

How to Stop Living and Start Worrying - Conversations with Carl Cederstroem (Hardcover): Simon Critchley, Carl Cederstrom How to Stop Living and Start Worrying - Conversations with Carl Cederstroem (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley, Carl Cederstrom
R905 R705 Discovery Miles 7 050 Save R200 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

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.

Impossible Objects (Hardcover): Simon Critchley, Carl Cederstrom, Todd Kesselman Impossible Objects (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley, Carl Cederstrom, Todd Kesselman
R907 R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Save R200 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Impossible objects are those about which the philosopher, narrowly conceived, can hardly speak: poetry, film, music, humor. Such "objects" do not rely on philosophy for interpretation and understanding; they are already independent practices and sites of sensuous meaning production. As Elvis Costello has said, "writing about music is like dancing about architecture." We don't need literary theory in order to be riveted by the poem, nor a critic's analysis to enjoy a film. How then can philosophy speak about anything outside of itself, namely all of those things which actually matter to us in this world?

In "Impossible Objects," Simon Critchley - one of the most influential and insightful philosophers writing today - extends his philosophical investigation into non-philosophical territories, including discussions on tragedy, poetry, humor, and music. In a series of engaging and enlightening conversations, Critchley reflects on his early work on the ethics of deconstruction; the recurring themes of mortality and nihilism; his defense of neo-anarchism; and his recent investigation into secular faith, or "a faith of the faithless." Essential reading for artists, academics, and general readers alike, this book explores the relationship between the philosophical world and those complex and fascinating "impossible objects" which give life meaning.

Violence - Humans in Dark Times (Paperback): 'Brad Evans, Natasha Lennard Violence - Humans in Dark Times (Paperback)
'Brad Evans, Natasha Lennard; Interview of Simon Critchley, George Yancy, Zygmunt Bauman, …
R325 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R60 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Through a series of penetrating conversations originally published in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books, Brad Evans and Natasha Lennard talk with a wide range of cutting edge thinkers--including Oliver Stone, Simon Critchley, and Elaine Scarry--to explore the problem of violence in everyday life, politics, culture, media, language, memory, and the environment. "To bring out the best of us," writes Evans, "we have to confront the worst of what humans are capable of doing to one another. In short, there is a need to confront the intolerable realities of violence in this world."

These lively, in-depth exchanges among historians, theorists, and artists offer a timely and bracing look at how the increasing expression and acceptance of violence--in all strata of society--has become a defining feature of our times.

Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments - A Stone Reader (Paperback): Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments - A Stone Reader (Paperback)
Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley
R382 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Since 2010, The Stone-the immensely popular, award-winning philosophy column in The New York Times-has revived and re-interpreted age-old inquiries to speak to our contemporary condition. Now, doing for modern ethics what The Stone Reader (ISBN 978 1 63149 071 2) did for modern philosophy, this portable new volume features 77 essays from an online series that has enthralled millions with its lively, accessible examinations of perennial philosophical topics such as consciousness, religious belief and morality. The result is a thought-provoking collection, showcasing a fascinating debate that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. This insightful compendium promises to enliven the world of ethical thought and action in both the classroom and everyday life.

Continental Philosophy - A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Simon Critchley Continental Philosophy - A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
R184 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R44 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Simon Critchley's Very Short Introduction shows 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, and introduces key concepts such as existentialism, nihilism, and phenomenology by explaining their place in the Continental tradition.

Things Merely Are - Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens (Hardcover): Simon Critchley Things Merely Are - Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley
R1,651 Discovery Miles 16 510 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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 a rich engagement with the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Critchley reveals that poetry also contains deep and important philosophical insight. Above all, he agues for a 'poetic epistemology' that enables us to think afresh the philosophical problem of the relation between mind and world, and ultimately to cast the problem away. Drawing astutely on Kant, the German and English Romantics and Heidegger, Critchley argues that through its descriptions of particular things and their stubborn plainness - whether water, guitars, trees, or cats - poetry evokes the 'mereness' of things. It is this experience, he shows, that provokes the mood of calm and releases the imaginative insight we need 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.

Deconstruction and Pragmatism (Paperback, New): Simon Critchley, Jacques Derrida, Ernesto Laclau, Richard Rorty Deconstruction and Pragmatism (Paperback, New)
Simon Critchley, Jacques Derrida, Ernesto Laclau, Richard Rorty; Edited by Chantal Mouffe
R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


Deconstruction and pragmatism constitute two of the major intellectual influences on the contemporary theoretical scene; influences personified in the work of Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty. Both Rortian pragmatism, which draws the consequences of post-war developments in Anglo-American philosophy, and Derridian deconstruction, which extends and troubles the phonomenological and Heideggerian influence on the Continental tradition, have hitherto generally been viewed as mutually exclusive philosophical language games.
The purpose of this volume is to bring deconstruction and pragmatism into critical confrontation with one another through staging a debate between Derrida and Rorty, itself based on discussions that took place at the College International de Philosophie in Paris in 1993. The ground for this debate is layed out in introductory papers by Simon Critchley and Ernesto Laclau, and the remainder of the volume records Derrida's and Rorty's responses to each other's work. Chantal Mouffe gives an overview of the stakes of this debate in a helpful preface.

The Stone Reader - Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments (Hardcover): Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley The Stone Reader - Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments (Hardcover)
Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley
R723 R648 Discovery Miles 6 480 Save R75 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Once solely the province of ivory tower professors and university classrooms, contemporary philosophy was emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when The Stone was launched in The New York Times. First appearing online, the column has attracted millions of readers through its accessible examination of topics like the nature of science, consciousness and morality, while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control and the gender divide. Collected for the first time, The Stone Reader presents 133 influential pieces, placing nearly the entirety of modern philosophical discourse at a reader's grasp. With an introduction that details the column's founding and editorial process, this collection is an intellectual landmark.

Faith of the Faithless - Experiments on Political Theology (Paperback): Simon Critchley Faith of the Faithless - Experiments on Political Theology (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
R239 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R37 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Why do we still have religion? It seems to offer nothing but violence, suppression and conflict. Discussing the relationship between religion and politics, exploring questions of faith, love, human nature and original sin, Simon Critchley asks whether we can establish a faith for the faithless and how it can manifest itself in everyday life, from the identity of love to the role of violence.

ABC of Impossibility (Paperback): Simon Critchley ABC of Impossibility (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
R377 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R47 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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 reexamines 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."d

The Problem with Levinas (Hardcover): Simon Critchley The Problem with Levinas (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley; Edited by Alexis Dianda
R715 Discovery Miles 7 150 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Levinas's idea of ethics as a relation of responsibility to the other person has become a highly influential and recognizable position across a wide range of academic and non-academic fields. Simon Critchley's aim in this book is to provide a less familiar, more troubling, and (hopefully) truer account of Levinas's work. A new dramatic method for reading Levinas is proposed, where the fundamental problem of his work is seen as the attempt to escape from the tragedy of Heidegger's philosophy and the way in which that philosophy shaped political events in the last century. Extensive and careful attention is paid to Levinas' fascinating but often overlooked work from the 1930s, where the proximity to Heidegger becomes clearer. Levinas's problem is very simple: how to escape from the tragic fatality of being as described by Heidegger. Levinas's later work is a series of attempts to answer that problem through claims about ethical selfhood and a series of phenomenological experiences, especially erotic relations and the relation to the child. These claims are analyzed in the book through close textual readings. Critchley reveals the problem with Levinas's answer to his own philosophical question and suggests a number of criticisms, particular concerning the question of gender. In the final, speculative part of the book, another answer to Levinas's problem is explored through a reading of the Song of Songs and the lens of mystical love.

How to Read Lacan (Paperback, 1st American ed): Slavoj Zizek How to Read Lacan (Paperback, 1st American ed)
Slavoj Zizek; Series edited by Simon Critchley
R279 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R54 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon. These books use excerpts from the major texts to explain essential topics, such as Jacques Lacan's core ideas about enjoyment, which re-created our concept of psychoanalysis. Lacan s motto of the ethics of psychoanalysis involves a profound paradox. Traditionally, psychoanalysis was expected to allow the patient to overcome the obstacles which prevented access to "normal" sexual enjoyment; today, however, we are bombarded by different versions of the injunction "Enjoy " Psychoanalysis is the only discourse in which you are allowed not to enjoy. Slavoj i ek s passionate defense of Lacan reasserts Lacan s ethical urgency. For Lacan, psychoanalysis is a procedure of reading and each chapter reads a passage from Lacan as a tool to interpret another text from philosophy, art or popular ideology."

Infinitely Demanding - Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance (Paperback): Simon Critchley Infinitely Demanding - Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance (Paperback)
Simon Critchley
R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The clearest, boldest and most systematic statement of Simon Critchley's influential views on philosophy, ethics, and politics, Infinitely Demanding identifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy. Arguing that what is called for is an ethics of commitment that can inform a radical politics, Critchley considers the possibility of political subjectivity and action after Marx and Marxism, taking in the work of Kant, Levinas, Badiou and Lacan. Infinitely Demanding culminates in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a remotivating means of political organization.

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