Simon Critchley: Philosophy and the Art of Dying
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6 PM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers, will recount anecdotes of philosophers’ deaths since antiquity that range from noble to ridiculous. Through the lens of their last moments, Critchley will reflect on the relationship between a philosopher’s work and his death. In the process, he will question the adage “to philosophize is to die well” and meditate on the role of philosophy in living a good life in a society like ours that spends so much time and space denying the reality of death.
Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, where he has taught since 2004. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas (Blackwell, 1992); Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2001), which was translated into nine languages; and On Humour (Routledge, 2002), which was translated into eight languages. The Book of Dead Philosophers (Vintage, 2009) was on the New York Times extended bestseller list and so far has been translated into 15 languages. Critchley is a series moderator and regular contributor of “The Stone,” a popular online philosophy column for the New York Times. He also writes for The Guardian. Two books of interviews with Critchley have recently been published: How to Stop Living and Start Worrying (Polity, 2010) and Impossible Objects (Polity, 2011). The Faith of the Faithless, a major new work on the relationship between politics and religion, was published by Verso in February 2012. A new book on Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be published by Pantheon Books next summer. He lives in Brooklyn.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Evelyn’s Café will open at 5 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues after the event. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.
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