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About Simon Critchley

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)

Articles by Simon Critchley

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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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)

Barack Obama and the American void

The president of the United States inaugurated on 20 January 2009 remains a political enigma. What are the true lineaments of his character, his vision, his faith, and his appeal? The philosopher Simon Critchley reflects.

(This article was first published on 22 January 2009)

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