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.
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About the Author
Carl Cederström is Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Cardiff University.
Todd Kesselman is PhD Candidate at New School for Social Research.
Table of Contents1. EARLY BEDFELLOWS.
Levinas, Derrida, and the Ethics of Deconstruction.
2. KEEP YOUR MIND IN HELL AND DESPAIR NOT.
Nietzsche and the Question of Nihilism.
3. THE STATE IS A LIMITATION ON HUMAN EXISTENCE.
Gramsci and Hegemony.
4. INFINITELY DEMANDING ANARCHISM.
Marxism and the Political.
5. ACTION IN A WORLD OF RECUPERATION.
Cynicism and the Slovenian Hamlet.
6. LANGUAGE AND MURDER.
Blanchot, Stevens, and the Literary.
7. CONFESSIONS OF A PUNK ROCKER.
Can, Rhythm, and Transient Joy.
8. ART AND ETHICS.
Transgression, Visibility, and Collective Resistance.
9. TRAGEDY AND MODERNITY.
The Logic of Affect.