Simon Critchley - Videos
An interview with Simon Critchley for The Vitalist conducted by Matt Gasda on July 18th, 2012.
Simon Critchley discusses his new book, The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology, with Dave True of Political Theology, Equinox Press, speaking about the respect for religion, the experimental nature of free thought, what love has to do with a politics of resistance, the genius of the Occupy Movement, nonviolence and its limits, the wisdom of Antonio Gramsci, and the illusions of Marxism.
Philosopher Simon Critchley and conceptual artist Liam Gillick discuss the intersection of their work around the topic of utopianism and collaborative projects
Simon Critchley, Mark Doten, and Ned Beauman at Mischief + Mayhem's Unprintable, a monthly reading series featuring new work that writers have either refused to publish, been unable to get past industry censors, or finally managed to publish after much difficulty.
Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research and moderator of The New York Times philosophy column "The Stone,” and democratic intellectual Dr. Cornel West, best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters and his recent memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud discuss The Faith of the Faithless, the resurgence of religious extremism in our times and the concept of faith in secular society. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Inc. February 7, 2012
Simon Critchley speaking about terrorism, fear, the state and the party, the individual and the social in his personal reflection on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center. History of Violence Project.
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about Martin Heidegger's reading of tragedy in "Introduction to Metaphysics," the overpowering violence of nature, and the human being as tragic hero who use violence against nature. In this lecture Simon Critchley discusses FWJ Schelling, terror, the uncanny, aporia, ruins and Werner Herzog in relationship to the city, the origin of the work of art, history, Alain Badiou, death, technology and justice focusing on techné, disaster, Maurice Blanchot, Gnosticism, nihilism. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, fielding questions about the relationship between philosophy and tragedy with specific focus on the queering of gender within tragedy. In this lecture Simon Critchley discusses ritual and religion, sacrifice, cannibalism, Georges Bataille, skepticism, the chorus and Obama in relationship to psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, the discourse of the master, the hysteric and the university, Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida's "Glas," Wallace Stevens, Samuel Beckett, desire, Hamlet, lamentation, Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary," Henrik Ibsen, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Steiner focusing on Judith Butler, law, Shakespeare, and the city. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about the Oresteia by Aeschylus, the dynamic of tragedy as two diametrically opposed claims to justice, the resolution of this conflict and it's relationship to dialectical thinking. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Friedrich Nietzsche's "Birth of Tragedy," the interplay of Dionysian and Apollonian forces, Hegel's reading of tragedy in relationship to both Hölderlin and Schelling, the law, Christa Wolf, Cassandra as the memory of a matriarchal ordering of the city, Jacques Derrida's reading of Antigone in "Glas," the crypt Georges Bataille, Giorgio Agamben, Carl Schmitt, Sven Lindqvist, and the Invisible Committee's "Coming Insurrection." European Graduate School EGS 2011
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about Hegel's "Aesthetics," the dialectical dynamic of tragedy and the tragic dynamic of dialectics centered on the resolution of moral ambiguity. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses FWJ Schelling, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, the divine life of the community, the relationship between art, religion and philosophy focusing on Christianity, the trinity, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Adorno, Antigone, substance and subjectivity. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about sovereignty, tyranny, law, tragedy, and the politics of fear. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Carl Schmitt, the friend distinction, the construction of identity, the Bush administration, the Tea Party and the the terror of French revolution in relationship to Walter Benjamin, Jacob Taubes, Saint Paul, messianic time, Theodor Adorno focusing on Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy," Richard Wagner and Friedrich Hölderlin's "The Death of Empedocles." European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about tragedy's relation to philosophy. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Dionysian lethargy, disgust, partial agency, traumatic affect, monstrosity, the sublime, Hamlet, Oedipus and psychoanalysis in relationship to Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Lacan, Kant, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin focusing on lethargy in The Birth of Tragedy, disgust as an aesthetic judgment of taste, the dialectic of action and knowledge, and the double function of monstrosity. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about FWJ Schelling's theory of tragedy, the relationship between reason and mythology, freedom and fate, and the way the tragic unities Kant's first and second critiques. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses GWF Hegel, Friedrich Hölderlin, Immanuel Kant, aesthetics, beauty, poetry and William Shakespeare in relationship to Catholicism and Protestantism, Antigone, substance, subject, individuality, Friedrich Nietzsche, Pèter Szondi focusing tragedy in the contemporary world, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, materialism and idealism, nomads, Jesus, hospitality and refugees. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about Martin Heidegger's reading of tragedy, especially Oedipus and Antigone, as a movement from appearance towards being. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Heidegger's relationship to the Nazis, Volk, "Geist," Theodor Adorno and Jürgen Habermas in relationship to Hubert Dreyfus, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Dominique Janicaud, Giorgio Agamben and Parmenides, focusing on truth, the strangeness of human beings, power, terror, violence and anxiety. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about the tyrant as pervert and monster in Oedipus and Antigone. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses tragedy, the city, the obscene, tragic irony, the riddle, rage, neurosis, Sigmund Freud, Aeschylus, Sophocles, in relationship to Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Rene Girard, Friedrich Schelling and guilt focusing on the pharmakos, pollution, poison, and the scapegoat. European Graduate School EGS 2011
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about fate, perversion, law, sovereignty, kinship and incest in Oedipus. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses tragedy, autonomy, action, prophesy, shame, chance, freedom and determinism in relationship to rage, blindness, knowledge and monstrosity, focusing on psychoanalysis, Jocasta's desire, Antigone, Judith Butler, Philip K. Dick and Judge Schreber. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about Plato's "Republic," specifically books three and four, Socrates' expulsion of the poets from the city, diegesis and mimesis. In this lecture Simon Critchley discusses the concepts of identity, tyranny, poetry and affect in relationship to Homer, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jürgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Aristotle, catharsis, gender difference focusing on the philosophy and its relation to grief, lamentation and the irrational. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, Plato, Aristotle and Aristophanes. In this lecture Simon Critchley discusses humor, mimesis, memes and poetry in relationship to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis of jokes, sublimation, affect and festivals focusing on laughter and catharsis. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, fields questions about the nature of tragedy, theater as a medium, and Plato and Aristotle's relationship to ancient Greek tragedy. In this lecture Simon Critchley discusses the concepts of recognition, catharsis, affect, dialtheism, grief, lamentation, technology, autonomy, subjectivity and law in relation to Euripides, Judith Butler, Martin Heidegger, Antonin Artaud and Bertolt Brecht focusing on gender, mourning and media theory. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about tragedy, moral ambiguity, the city-state, ritual, the relationship between the dead and the living, temporal disjunction between the past and present, Antigone, Hegel, ghosts, power and gender trouble. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Socrates, Plato, Oedipus, Hamlet, the spectacle, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bernard Williams, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet focusing on law, myth, and theater. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley talking about the relationship between tragedy and philosophy, grief, lamentation, truth, fiction, aesthetics, rhetoric and persuasion.Simon Critchley discusses Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Gorgias and the sophists in relationship to Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Hamlet, Friedrich Nietzsche, Nicole Loraux, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet and Jacques Lacan focusing on ecstasy, ghosts, the city, tyranny, theater, deception, mimesis, spectatorship, gender trouble and the relationship between antiquity and modernity. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about the tragedy as the transition from myth to law and the relationship between theater and philosophy, Plato's Republic, moral ambiguity, law, tyranny and sovereignty. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Socrates, subjectivity, Aristotle and hamartia in relationship to Karl Marx, Georg Lukács, Thomas Hobbes, the force of law, Hölderlin, Hegel, Oedipus, Kant, the sublime and the monstrous, focusing on theater, dialogue and mimesis. European Graduate School EGS
Simon Critchley speaking about The Anarchist Turn, exploring the meaning and objective of anarchism at the Hannah Arendt and Reiner Schürmann Symposium in Political Philosophy, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies and New School for Social Research. New York, May 11, 2011.
Simon Critchley speaking at the New York Academy of Sciences about A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Linking Belief to Behavior Simon Critchley talks about the potential effects that social media may have on the Self, lecturing on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self. New York Academy of Sciences, April 28, 2011
Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers; Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Reason, James Miller, Astra Taylor, independent filmmaker and director of Zizek! and Examined Life and Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Class of 1943, and Lewis H. Lapham, editor of Lapham's Quarterly discussing the meaning of philosophy at The New School for Social Research, Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/JM Kaplan Hall, January 26, 2011.
Actress Fiona Shaw and philosopher Simon Critchley discuss the aspect of nothingness in the works of Ibsen, Beckett, and TS Eliot at the Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City, "Talk About Nothing" was presented in association with the exhibition "Grain of Emptiness: Buddhism-Inspired Contemporary Art".
Simon Critchley in an interview with American author David Shields for bloggingheads.tv.
Philosopher Simon Critchley speaking about the The Faith of the Faithless, Experiments in Political Theology at the Dance, Politics & Co-Immunity Workshop in Giessen, Germany, November 12th 2010
Simon Critchley, professor and philosopher, introducing the Iran: Politics of Resistance panel at The New School in New York City, Februay 12, 2010.
Simon Critchley, philosopher and professor, talking about philosophy, comedy, humor, wit, Freud, Superego, and laughter. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses eccentricity, conscience, melancholia, ethical demand, Foucault, discipline, and self love, in relationship to jouissance, Lacan, desire, sexuation, finitude, Badiou, and jokes. and in relation to. European Graduate School EGS, August 2010
Simon Critchley, philosopher and professor, talking about philosophy, vivisection, psychoanalysis, Lacan, happiness, sublimation, Freud, Ego, Superego, death drive, and aesthetic. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Antigone, Oedipus, tragedy, tragic hero, authenticity, and facticity, in relationship to humor, jokes, unconscious, melancholia, Hamlet, mania, and love. European Graduate School EGS, August 2010
Simon Critchley, philosopher and professor, talking about philosophy, political theory, morality, and subjectivity. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Badiou, conviction, Marx, and formalism, in relation to equality, globalization, Paris Commune, law, Lenin, history, and Plato. European Graduate School EGS, August 2010
Simon Critchley, philosopher and professor, talking about philosophy, Badiou, Nietzsche, Wagner, endurance, eternal return, Kant, Nature, tragedy, literature, Prometheus, and disappointment. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses anxiety, limitation, nihilism, neoliberalism, liberal democracy, and law, in relationship to democratic deficit, anarchism, Gramsci, Marx, ethical subjectivity, authenticity. European Graduate School EGS, August 2010
Simon Critchley, philosopher and professor, talking about philosophy, Wittgenstein, Deleuze, praxis, authenticity, communication, text, and memory. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses living speech, logical speech, logocentrism, phonocentrism, Derrida, virtuality, and aurality, in relationship to historicity, disappointment, limitation, Badiou, theology, nihilism, and Nietzsche. European Graduate School EGS, August 2010
Simon Critchley, philosopher and author in, delivering a video keynote about Style in Theory / Styling Theory, International Literary Criticism and Theory Conference Series, conference chaired by James Corby, University of Malta, Valletta Campus, Old University Building, Aula Magna. November 27 2009
Simon Critchley speaking about the Importance of Critical Theory to Social Movements Today. Workshop with Judith Butler, Jacques Ranciere, and Simon Critchley. Thursday Night Workshop, New School University, New York, Philosophy Department, in collaboration with Verso Books. October 23, 2009 (Audio only)
Marshall Berman, Simon Critchley, and Sandra Sherman speaking about finance, trust, investments, and the mutual promises that support the system constituting The Market, where promises are sold and resold until someone is finally called upon to perform. A roundtable discussion about trust, obligations, imagination, imaginary projections, and the real and imagined future of money at the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination.
Simon Critchley, chair and professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, discusses his 2009 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Dead Philosophers. Starting with Cicero's axiom, To philosophize is to learn how to die, Professor Critchley leads us to his conclusion that to die is to learn how to live. The Daily Telegraph called the book "rigorous, profound, and frequently hilarious and described Critchley as an engaging and deadpan guide to the metaphysical necropolis as well as bracingly serious and properly comic. Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, New York City
Simon Critchley speaking about the subject of democracy through the current presidential elections and focus on one of the candidates. The lecture entitled "Barack Obama and the American Void, will examine Obama's subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. Sponsored by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
Author Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York and part-time Professor at Essex, speaking at Authors@Google at Google's NY office about his book "On Humor".
Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research and the Getty Research Institute, speaks about the definition and possibilities of the comic as well as humors ethical limits and function in culture and visual art.