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#1. The influence of being in New York, made me realize a lot of the ethical and political ideas I want to push or promote are best articulated within an anarchist program. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#2. That is to say, politics is essentially about the management of fear, an economy of fear, continually adjusting the level of fear to produce the right level of affect in the citizenry. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#3. If I had a religious experience, what I know for sure is that I would stop doing philosophy and would start doing religion, teaching classes in religion, preaching in a local church. That is fine and noble activity. But I do not feel entitled to engage in it. So for me philosophy is my fate. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#4. Death makes cynics of us all - Author: Simon Critchley
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#5. The current situation with regard to theory is odd and maybe defined by a paradox. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#6. Philosophy for me is essentially atheistic. Now that's an anxious atheism. It's an atheism that is anxious because it inhabits questions that were resolved religiously in the pre-modern period. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#7. There are lots of stories about how philosophy begins. Some people claim it begins in wonder; some people claim it begins in worry. I claim it begins in disappointment. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#8. Also, rights are not things that are given in the heavens. Rather, they are levers for political articulations, which enables what was previously invisible to become visible. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#9. Now, if laughter is proper to the human being, then the human being who does not laugh invites the charge of inhumanity, or at least makes us somewhat suspicious. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#10. We must believe, but we can't believe. Perhaps this is the tragedy that some of us see in Obama: a change we can believe in and the crushing realisation that nothing will change. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#11. Humour is human. Why? Well, because the Philosopher, Aristotle, says so. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#12. I've always been very keen on Pascal, and what I'm most keen on in Pascal is his emphasis upon human wretchedness. He has a phrase which goes something like 'Anxiety, boredom and inconstancy, that is the human condition' and I've always been very partial to that. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#13. It is so ridiculous to limit oneself to one version of the truth. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#14. Philosophy teaches us to look at the world again. It brings out at a theoretical level what all plain, common, ordinary people, in a sense, know already. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#15. True philosophy consists in relearning to look at the world. Maurice Merleau-Ponty - Author: Simon Critchley
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#16. My favourite writer is Beckett and I keep going back to wallow in his work like a deep pool of dark humour or like an oxygen tank when you can't breath in a world consumed by piety, hypocrisy and self-satisfaction. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#17. Shore up the mean with reverence and terror. But never banish terror from the gates of the state. The stronger the fear, the stronger the reverence for the just, the stronger your country's wall and the city's safety. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#18. Any philosophical and theoretical assurance that laughter is unique to the human being becomes somewhat unsure when one turns to the anthropological literature. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#19. I have argued that philosophy doesn't begin in wonder or in the fact that things are, it begins in a realization that things are not what they might be. It begins with a sense of a lack, of something missing, and that provokes a series of questions. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#20. It's complicated. On the one hand we're killer apes, and on the other hand we have this metaphysical longing. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#21. My body was a buzzing antenna into which radio waves flooded from the entire cosmos. I was the living switchboard of the universe. My skull was a magnetized globe. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#22. Peace is nothing more than the regulation of the psycho-political economy of awe and reverential fear, of using the threat of terror in order to bind citizens to the circuit of their subjection. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#23. Never to be outdone, my wife, who also happens to be a psychoanalyst and therefore a specialist in ambivalence, wrote the following to me: 'Dear Simon, Break a leg, or all your legs. I better brake fast. With all my love-hate, Jamieson (who is about to drive us off a cliff) - Author: Simon Critchley
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#24. Genuinely great humour recognises the world it's describing and yet we are also called into question by it. That's what great art should do. That's what great philosophy should do. The one thing about humour is that this is an everyday practice that does this. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#25. Just to say "Well, God is dead" in one breath is to say, in another, that nothing means anything. This is the moment of nihilism. Nihilism is the affirmation of meaninglessness. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#26. For me philosophy begins with these experiences of disappointment: a disappointment at the level of what I would think of as "meaning," namely that, given that there is no God, what is the meaning of life? And, given that we live in an unjust world, how are we to bring about justice? - Author: Simon Critchley
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#27. Nietzsche would have put it, we need art in order not to die from the truth. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#28. For me, philosophy is an activity of thought that is common to human beings. Human beings at their best. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#29. So, I am a b*stard, and the English are b*stards. But the really bad news is that you are too. My vision of Europe would be Europe of b*stards for whom the question of legitimacy was a site of endless struggle and contestation ... - Author: Simon Critchley
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#30. Philosophy isn't programmed into us, and a lot of the forces of our culture steadfastly work against it. Philosophy, for me, is a way of resisting the nihilism of the present by making, creating, affirming. By going on. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#31. The denial of death is self-hatred. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#32. For Habermas, scientism means science's belief in itself: that is, 'the conviction that we can no longer understand science as one form of knowledge, but rather must identify knowledge with science'. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#33. I think that when people are at their best, when they are thinking, reflecting, cogitating, then they are doing philosophy. So I don't see philosophy as an academic enterprise. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#34. We might even define the human as a dynamic process produced by a series of identifications and misidentifications with animality. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#35. In relation to the question of hope, I think the only hope we have is hope against hope. We hope for a better world. But of course we can do better than just hope. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#36. Obama dreams of a society without power relations, without the agonism that constitutes political life. Against such a position one might assert that justice is always an agon, a conflict, and to refuse this assertion is to consign human beings to wallow in some emotional, fusional balm. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#37. I think governments are quietly terrified. There's massive unemployment, a recession they don't know how to deal with, and the measures they've taken are not working yet, and maybe they're not going to work. There's a prospect of significant social disorder. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#38. In the US, what passes for Christianity - and it is, to say the least, a highly perverse, possessive individualist and capitalist version of what I would see as Christ's messianic ethical communism, to say the least - is a new civil religion, a civil religion of freedom. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#39. The only answer to the question of the meaning of life has to begin from the fact of our human finitude, of our vulnerability and our fallibility. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#40. I guess what happens to a lot of people as they get older is that they get more conservative, but with me, the opposite is the case. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#41. Philosophy, for me, is a way of relearning to look at the world, a world that is familiar to us, that we know, that is shared by all human beings and also by nonhuman beings. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#42. The philosopher is someone who doesn't know, but who wants to find out. - Author: Simon Critchley
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#43. There is something desperately lonely about Barack Obama's universe. One gets the overwhelming sense of someone yearning for connection, for something that binds human beings together, for community and commonality, for what he repeatedly calls "the common good". This is hardly news. - Author: Simon Critchley
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