The attractions of mystical anarchism

Rousseau, according to Simon Critchley, sees the problem of politics more clearly than many: if political institutions are to be self-created - autonomous - then what will motivate the "violent individualist" to assent to their constraints? Simon Critchley discusses his new book, The Faith of the Faithless (1 hr)

Rousseau answers the question of political motivation with the claim that nothing will avoid recourse to some form of socialisation, or what he called "civic religion". Simon Critchley, in conversation about his new book, goes much further: the understanding, criticism and analysis of all political creeds today should be essentially theological (1hr)

About the authors

Simon Critchley is the chair of philosophy at the New School, New York. Among his books is The Book of Dead Philosophers (Granta/Vintage, 2008)

Tony Curzon Price was Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy from 2007 to 2012, where he is now contributing editor and technical director. He blogs at