Simon Critchley og Svend Brinkmann

Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 17:30 Dronningesalen
The British professor of philosophy Simon Critchley talks with Svend Brinkmann at The Black Diamond. Photo: pressefoto/ Lisbeth Holten.
The British professor of philosophy Simon Critchley talks with Svend Brinkmann at The Black Diamond. Photo: pressefoto/ Lisbeth Holten.

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Philosophy on humour, death, David Bowie and football
The internationally recognised professor of philosophy Simon Critchley has written a great many books about a wide range of subjects. He has, for example, written about Hamlet, humour, David Bowie, suicide and football. He has also written about death, this is dealt with in his major work The Book of Dead Philosophers, which will be appearing in Danish this April, with an epilogue by Svend Brinkmann.

In the book, Critchley gives an account of the history of philosophy, using how around 200 famous philosophers have died as his point of departure. For there is a crucial link between death and philosophy, according to Critchley, who further believes that philosophy ought to help us to live with death. For by acknowledging our finite nature we can learn to find happiness and meaning in existence.

With typically British humour, Critchley shows us death as being both tragic, funny and absurd. He can be heard at The Black Diamond, where, in a conversation with Svend Brinkmann, he will talk about his book. He will also deal with the relationship between death and philosophy, life, art – and more besides.

Svend Brinkmann is a professor of psychology at Aalborg University, and also a writer. In 2016, he had a lengthy stay at New School in New York, where he met Simon Critchley. They talked about Critchley’s book Bowie and about the conclusion to David Bowie’s life:

‘Bowie’s was the best of deaths. If there was ever a good death of a major cultural figure, a dignified death, then this is it,’ the British philosopher writes in his book.

Simon Critchley (b. 1960) is a professor of philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York. He works within a range of subjects – the history of philosophy, political theory, religion, ethics, aesthetics, literature, etc.