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Title:On Humour
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Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:0415251214
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Number of Pages:144
Category:philosophy, comedy, non-fiction, humor, school, theory

On Humour by Simon Critchley

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Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance, Suicide, Very Little .... Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy, Literature, Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, The Book Of Dead Philosophers, Memory Theater, Bowie, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying: Conversations with Carl Cederstrom, On Humour, The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology
Infinitely Demanding is the clearest boldest and most systematic of Simon Critchley s influential views on philosophy ethics and politics Part diagnosis of the times part theoretical analysis of the impasses and possibilities of ethics and politics part manifesto Infinitely Demandind identifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy and argues that what is called for is an ethics of commitment thatn can inform a radical politics exploring the problem of ethics in Kant Levinas Badiou and Lacan that leads to a conception of subjectivity based on the infinite responsibility of an ethical demand Critchley considers the possibility of political subjectivity and action after Marx and Marxism Infinitely Demanding culminates in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a renovating means of political organization, The death of man the end of history and even philosophy are strong and troubling currents running through contemporary debates Yet since Nietzsche s heralding of the death of god philosophy has been unable to explain the question of finitude br em Very Little Almost Nothing em goes to the heart of this problem through an exploration of Blanchot s theory of literature Stanley Cavell s interpretations of romanticism and the importance of death in the work of Samuel Beckett Simon Critchley links these themes to the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas to present a powerful new picture of how we must approach the importance of death in philosophy br A compelling reading of the convergence of literature and philosophy em Very Little Almost Nothing em opens up new ways of understanding finitude modernity and the nature of the imagination, To philosophize is to learn how to die Cicero assassinated by order of Mark Antony br One who no longer is cannot suffer Lucretius suicide allegedly driven mad by a love potion br Life is solitary poor nasty brutish and short Hobbes died in bed age br In this collection of brief lives and deaths of nearly two hundred of the world s greatest thinkers noted philosopher Simon Critchley creates a register of mortality that is tragic amusing absurd and exemplary From the self mocking haikus of Zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words of Christian saints and modern day sages this irresistible book contains much to inspire both amusement and reflection br Informed by Critchley s acute insight scholarly intelligence and sprightly wit each entry tells its own tale but collected together they add up to a profound and moving investigation of meaning and the possibility of happiness for us all, Does humour make us human or do the cats and dogs laugh along with us em On Humour em is a fascinating beautifully written and funny book on what humour can tell us about being human Simon Critchley skilfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood aspects of humour such as our tendency to laugh at animals and our bodies why we mock death with comedy and why we think it s funny when people act like machines He also looks at the darker side of humour as rife in sexism and racism and argues that it is important for reminding us of people we would rather not be