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Ideas of Simon Critchley, by Text

[British, fl. 1997, Prof at University of Essex; at Collège Internationale de Philosophie, Paris; New School Univ, NY]

2001 Continental Philosophy - V. Short Intro
p.31 To meet the division in our life, try the Subject, Nature, Spirit, Will, Power, Praxis, Unconscious, or Being
8857 p.6 Food first, then ethics
Ch.1 p.7 If infatuation with science leads to bad scientism, its rejection leads to obscurantism
Ch.2 p.16 The French keep returning, to Hegel or Nietzsche or Marx
2001 Interview with Baggini and Stangroom
p.187 p.187 German idealism aimed to find a unifying principle for Kant's various dualisms
p.188 p.188 Since Hegel, contintental philosophy has been linked with social and historical enquiry.
p.188 p.188 Continental philosophy fights the threatened nihilism in the critique of reason
p.189 p.189 Continental philosophy is based on critique, praxis and emancipation
p.193 p.193 Perceiving meaninglessness is an achievement, which can transform daily life
p.196 p.196 Scientism is the view that everything can be explained causally through scientific method
p.197 p.197 Continental philosophy has a bad tendency to offer 'one big thing' to explain everything
p.198 p.198 Humour is practically enacted philosophy
p.198 p.198 Humour can give a phenomenological account of existence, and point to change
p.198 p.198 Phenomenology is a technique of redescription which clarifies our social world
2012 Impossible Objects: interviews
1 p.10 Levinas says Marxism is the replacement of individualist ethics, by solidarity and sociality
2 p.31 Philosophy begins in disappointment, notably in religion and politics
2 p.41 The problems is not justifying ethics, but motivating it. Why should a self seek its good?
2 p.44 Phenomenology uncovers and redescribes the pre-theoretical layer of life
2 p.44 Science gives us an excessively theoretical view of life
3 p.50 The state, law, bureaucracy and capital are limitations on life, so I prefer federalist anarchism
3 p.51 Belief that humans are wicked leads to authoritarian politics
3 p.55 Anarchism used to be libertarian (especially for sexuality), but now concerns responsibility
6 p.100 Wallace Stevens is the greatest philosophical poet of the twentieth century in English
6 p.110 Philosophy really got started as the rival mode of discourse to tragedy
8 p.129 Interesting art is always organised around ethical demands