A GSA symposium with Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy at the New School of Social Research, New York, introduced by Professor Christopher Fynsk Director of the Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen.
‘Critchley is one of the few intellectuals who have taken seriously the possibility that those who are actively engaged in fighting capitalism might have something relevant to say.’ David Graeber Goldsmiths, London | Simon Critchley is perhaps the most lucid and provocative philosopher of his generation. Central to Critchley’s thought is the ethical and political dimension of thinkers such as Levinas, Laclau and Derrida as seen in such influential works as The Ethics of Deconstruction (1992), Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity (1999) and Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance (2007). Throughout his numerous publications Critchley’s references range beyond philosophy to reflections upon the poetry of Wallace Stevens and the speeches of Barack Obama. If philosophy for Critchley begins in disappointment and the experience of nihilism, it ends in humour and the infinite demand of ethical subjectivity. | This symposium considers Critchley’s philosophy of an ethics of commitment in the context of contemporary art as a radical way to think the infinite demands of the present. | Schedule: | 11.00am Welcome: Dr Ross Birrell 11.05am Introduction: Professor Christopher Fynsk 11.30am Keynote address: Professor Simon Critchley ‘The Infinite Demand of Art: No Amount of Effort Will Save You From Oblivion’ 12.30pm Discussion: Chaired by Professor Christopher Fynsk | The symposium is organised by Studio55, School of Fine Art, The Glasgow School of Art and The Centre for modern Thought, University of Aberdeen for The Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.
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