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Read online On Humour.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC On Humour 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 by Simon Critchley

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On Humour
Title:On Humour
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ISBN:0415251214
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Number of Pages:144
Category:Philosophy, Comedy, Non fiction, Humor, School, Theory
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The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology, Memory Theater, Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance, The Book Of Dead Philosophers, Very Little .... Almost Nothing: Death, Philosophy, Literature, Bowie, On Humour, Suicide, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying: Conversations with Carl Cederstrom, Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie in the early seventies when the singer appeared on Britain s most watched music show Top of the Pops His performance of Starman mesmerized Critchley it was so sexual so knowing so strange Two days later Critchley s mum bought a copy of the single she liked both the song and the performer s bright orange hair she had previously been a hairdresser The seed of a lifelong love affair was thus planted in the mind of her son aged br br In this concise and engaging excursion through the songs of one of the world s greatest pop stars Critchley whose writings on philosophy have garnered widespread praise melds together personal narratives of how Bowie lit up his dull life in southern England s suburbs with philosophical forays into the way concepts of authenticity and identity are turned inside out in Bowie s work The result is nearly as provocative and mind expanding as the artist it portrays br br Playlist of Bowie s songs that appear in the Critchley s book br a target blank href https www youtube com playlist list PLyC ffmxBYgQlMIjRGOAmhjGTfWGbbLBC rel nofollow https www youtube com playlist list a, 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, Simon Critchley is one of the most provocative lucid and wide ranging philosophers writing today This book provides an intimate portrait of his thought in a series of extended conversations focused on four themes death love humour and authenticity, The return to religion has perhaps become the dominant clich of contemporary theory which rarely offers anything more than an exaggerated echo of a political reality dominated by religious war Somehow the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era where political action flows directly from metaphysical conflict em The Faith of the Faithless em asks how we might respond Following Critchley s em Infinitely Demanding em this new book builds on its philosophical and political framework also venturing into the questions of faith love religion and violence Should we defend a version of secularism and quietly accept the slide into a form of theism or is there another way From Rousseau s politics and religion to the return to St Paul in Taubes Agamben and Badiou via explorations of politics and original sin in the work of Schmitt and John Gray Critchley examines whether there can be a faith of the faithless a belief for unbelievers Expanding on his debate with Slavoj i ek Critchley concludes with a meditation on the question of violence and the limits of non violence