Impossible Objects

Impossible Objects

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Overview

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.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745653211
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York and part-time Professor of Philosophy at Tilburg University.

Carl Cederström is Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Cardiff University.

Todd Kesselman is PhD Candidate at New School for Social Research.

Table of Contents

1. 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.

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