April 07, 2011

New York Times Philosophy Columnist Critchley to speak at CWRU April 12

Simon Critchley
Simon Critchley. Photo
courtesy of The New School
for Social Research.

Simon Critchley, a prominent international philosopher and the editor of the New York Times' philosophy column, will speak Tuesday, April 12, at Case Western Reserve University to discuss why conscience is central to understanding ethics.  

The author of How to Stop Living and Start Worrying and The Book of Dead Philosophers, a New York Times bestseller, will give the talk, “The Powerless Power of the Call of Conscience,” for the inaugural Beamer-Schneider Lecture in Ethics, co-sponsored by the university’s Department of Philosophy and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. The free, public event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309. A reception precedes the talk at 5 p.m.

According to Case Western Reserve philosopher Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Critchley presents a portrait of ethical and educational life that eschews apathy and shows how modern life demands room for conscience.

Bendik-Keymer, who is Elmer G. Beamer - Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics, describes Critchley as humorous, passionate and wry. His positions, Bendik-Keymer said, are some of modern-day philosophy’s most innovative, focusing on active citizenship, social responsibility and the inter-human connection.

As chair and professor of the philosophy department at The New School for Social Research, Critchley’s faculty page states he is interested in “everything.” Lately, his interests have focused on ethical and political theory, as well as the relationship of philosophy, poetry and humor.

He has written and edited more than 18 books and has two new works in progress for 2011: The Faith of the Faithless - Experiments in Political Theology and a collection, Impossible Objects, that spans a decade of Critchley’s interviews.

If interested in attending, email Renee Holland in the philosophy department at rma2@case.edu or call 216.368.2810.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, April 7, 2011 08:47 AM | News Topics:

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