Simon Critchley (UK) and Klaus Rothstein

Football Conversations (2:4) - Why is football an obsession?

Monday 22 October 2018 at 20:00 Blixen-salen
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Simon Critchley and football

Why is football such a compelling phenomenon that it inspires and attracts all sorts of people worldwide?
The British philosopher Simon Critchley has written the book What We Think about When We Think about Soccer in which he explores the fascinating world of football.

In conversation with the Danish literary critic Klaus Rothstein, Critchley is going to discuss why football becomes an obsession for so many people all over the world

Or as the legendary Scottish Liverpool manager Bill Shankly put it:
‘Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.’

Simon Critchley (b. 1960) is a Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He works with history of philosophy, political theory, religion, ethics, aesthetics, literature etc.

Earlier this year, Critchley visited the Black Diamond in conversation with Svend Brinkmann. Among other topics they discussed how football can become a religios experince. Watch below: