Simon Critchley Explores Philosophy through Literature, Sports at Duquesne Symposium

British philosopher Simon Critchley will take a look at philosophy through Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the game of soccer at the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center’s 35th annual symposium at Duquesne University.

Life, Death and Play: Philosophy in Literature, Sport and Psychoanalysis, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, will feature Critchley, who is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at The New School and moderator of The New York Times’ philosophy blog The Stone.

Critchley, whose work will be the centerpiece for discussion during the symposium, is known for utilizing poetry, theatre, rock music, sport, psychoanalysis, phenomenology and politics to engage aspects of human existence, such as the meaning of life and death, the nature of wisdom, political life, play, art and humor.

Critchley will lead the following events during the symposium:

  • A seminar on his book on Wallace Stevens Things Merely Are on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Phenomenology Center in Gumberg Library. Registration is required. 
  • A seminar on his co-authored book Stay! Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Phenomenology Center in Gumberg Library. Registration is required.
  • A public lecture on the philosophy of soccer titled Working-Class Ballet—A Poetics of Football on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Genesius Theater.

The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center at Duquesne University promotes and facilitates original phenomenological research that adds to the corpus of literature in all disciplines, especially in continental philosophy and psychology as a human science.

Visit the symposium website for more information.

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