Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His work engages in many areas: continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, psychoanalysis, ethics, and political theory. His most recent books include Tragedy, the Greeks and Us and What We Think About When We Think About Football, though he has written on topics as diverse as David Bowie, religion, and suicide. He is the moderator of the New York Times philosophical series ‘The Stone.’
Books by Simon Critchley
Tragedy, the Greeks and Us
by Simon Critchley
"What if we took seriously the form of thinking that we find in tragedy, and the experience of partial agency, limited autonomy, deep traumatic affect, agnostic conflict, gender confusion, political complexity, and moral ambiguity that it presents?” — Simon Critchley in Tragedy, the Greeks and Us
'Critchley on Tragedy' is one of the most popular courses at The New School in New York City. After 10 years of teaching it, philosopher Simon Critchley has crystallised it into Tragedy, The Greeks and Us. In this book, he explores the worldview of ancient tragedy, revealing a world of "ambiguity, duplicity, uncertainty, and unknowability", and relates it to our contemporary concerns. He often traces the ideas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides to centuries of later literary and philosophical tradition.
Simon Critchley has spoken to Five Books about the best continental philosophy books.
Interviews with Simon Critchley
The best books on Continental Philosophy, recommended by Simon Critchley
What is the nature of human existence in the world? What should philosophy be concerned with as a discipline? Philosopher Simon Critchley introduces us to the landscape of continental philosophy.