Ideas of Simon Critchley, by Theme

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

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 7. Humour
Humour can give a phenomenological account of existence, and point to change
Humour is practically enacted philosophy
1. Philosophy / G. Scientific Philosophy / 3. Scientism
If infatuation with science leads to bad scientism, its rejection leads to obscurantism
Scientism is the view that everything can be explained causally through scientific method
1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 1. Continental Philosophy
To meet the division in our life, try the Subject, Nature, Spirit, Will, Power, Praxis, Unconscious, or Being
The French keep returning, to Hegel or Nietzsche or Marx
German idealism aimed to find a unifying principle for Kant's various dualisms
Since Hegel, contintental philosophy has been linked with social and historical enquiry.
Continental philosophy fights the threatened nihilism in the critique of reason
Continental philosophy is based on critique, praxis and emancipation
Continental philosophy has a bad tendency to offer 'one big thing' to explain everything
1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 2. Phenomenology
Phenomenology is a technique of redescription which clarifies our social world
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 2. Nihilism
Perceiving meaninglessness is an achievement, which can transform daily life
24. Applied Ethics / A. Decision Conflicts / 1. Applied Ethics
Food first, then ethics