Simon Critchley – Tragedy’s Philosophy




The New School, New York


“Tragedy’s Philosophy”

Mar. 7 | 3:00 p.m. | J.A. de Sève Cinema

J.W. McConnell Bldg., LB-125, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd.West

Philosophy, as a discursive invention, beginning with Plato, but extending along the millennia into the present, is premised upon the exclusion of tragedy and the exclusion of a range of experiences and affects that we can call tragic. In this talk, Simon Critchley explores the hypothesis that this exclusion of tragedy is, itself, tragic, and this is perhaps philosophy’s tragedy. He seeks to defend tragedy against philosophy, or, perhaps better said, argue that tragedy articulates a philosophical view that challenges the authority of philosophy.

Simon Critchley is an English philosopher currently teaching at the New School, who writes primarily on the history of philosophy, political theory, religion, ethics and aesthetics, especially literature and theater. He has published extensively and is moderator of “The Stone,” the opinion series of The New York Times.

Admission is free. Open to the public.

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