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Beyond Belief Series Episode 1: Simon Critchley

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

By JK Fowler

On the series

From philosophers to theologians, atheists to conspiracy theorists, from those that believe in UFOs to those that are ardent followers of Scientology, at least one commonality arises: belief. It seems that no matter what God one follows (if any at all) or what one looks to beyond the confines of one's own body (if one looks beyond one's own body at all), human beings, in one form or another, must believe in something. This series explores the believers, the locales of their beliefs (within, above, beyond), the effects of their beliefs upon their lives, and the need for human beings to believe in something greater than themselves. 

Simon Critchley is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School. He works in continental philosophy. Critchley argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political. These two axes may be said largely to inform his published work: religious disappointment raises the question of meaning and has to, as he sees it, deal with the problem of nihilism; political disappointment provokes the question of justice and raises the need for a coherent ethics.

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Works on Amazon

New School University Profile

Interview Date: February 6, 2012

Written and Produced by: JK Fowler

Music by: Daniel Barenboim (Song: Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1; Album: Chopin: Nocturnes)


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Philosophy commences in wonder,not disappointment. Critchley is simply expressing his own disappointment and making it into an ontological category.

J. K.