Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He participates in the We, Ourselves & Us symposium which took place in conjunction with the exhibition If We Can’t Get It Together at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada from 13 December 2008 - 22 February 2009.
Simon Critchley was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1960, and currently lives and works in New York where he works in continental philosophy, history of philosophy, literature, ethics, and politics. He failed dramatically at school before failing in a large number of punk bands in the late 1970s and failing as a poet some time later. This was followed by failure as a radical political activist. He found a vocation in teaching philosophy, although his passions still lie in music, poetry and politics. His recent books include On Humour (2002), Things Merely Are (2005), Infinitely Demanding (2007) and The Book of Dead Philosophers (2008). He will present the keynote address – a presentation entitled ‘Mystical Anarchism’ followed by a response by Professor of English at York University, Ian Balfour.
Video produced by John Verhaeven.