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- Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 33.95
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,... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 46.95
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,... more...
- Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 9.99
Simon Critchley 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. more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.95
?To philosophize is to learn how to die.? ?Cicero; assassinated by order of Mark Antony ?One who no longer is cannot suffer.? ?Lucretius; suicide, allegedly driven mad by a love potion ?Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.? ?Hobbes; died in bed, age 91 In this collection of brief lives (and deaths) of nearly two hundred of the world's... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 26.95
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... more...
- Verso Books 2012; US$ 24.95
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 Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era, where political action flows directly from metaphysical conflict.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... more...
- Granta Publications 2011; US$ 13.90
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,... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 21.95
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... more...
- Verso Books 2014; US$ 17.95
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... more...
- Edinburgh University Press 2014; US$ 33.99
The Ethics of Deconstruction, Simon Critchley's first book, was originally published to great acclaim in 1992. The first book to argue for the ethical turn in Derrida's work, it powerfully shows how deconstruction has persuasive ethical consequences that are vital to our thinking through of questions of politics and democracy. Moving away from... more...