21st May 2015 6:00pm-7:30pm
The Old Courtroom
6pm - 7.30pm Thursday 21st May
Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street Brighton
Philosophy begins with the suicide of Socrates, and the question of whether one should live or die is arguably the first and most fundamental question any philosopher should address. The intention of this short talk was to explain our inhibition around the topic of suicide, and the inadequacy of the current talk of rights and duties in relation to whether one should live or die. Critchley ended with a consideration of suicide that draws on Camus, Jean Amery, Edouard Levé and Virginia Woolf.
The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics is pleased to welcome Professor Simon Critchley to the University of Brighton. Professor Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York. He is the author of many well known texts including The Ethics of Deconstruction, Infinitely Demanding, Faith of the Faithless and The Hamlet Doctrine. He is one of the world's most well known philosophers, and has engaged in public debates with among others Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek and John Gray. Professor Critchley is one of the worlds leading philosophers of ethics, politics and aesthetics.