From Shame to Love: The Politics of Hamlet. Interview with Simon Critchley

I recently interviewed the philosopher Simon Critchely on his new book, (co-written with his wife and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster) entitled, The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing for the online magazine Berfrois. There's a lot this book opens up not only for Shakespeare studies, but also for psychoanalysis. The idea that mosts interests me in …

Towards a Post-Deconstructive Subject? Not So Fast!

The argument in favor of eliminating the subject entirely is a compelling one. Especially when you follow through the problems of coming to a reliant and favorable version of a subject that meets the following criteria: 1. Post-metaphysical. Both Heidegger and Derrida in his stead argued that the development of a subject that depends on …

Fulfilling the Traumatic Demand: Review of Critchley’s Ethics

Simon Critchley’s text on ethics and politics, Infinitely Demanding addresses the drift of nihilism that has overcome our contemporary conception of the political. Nihilism in this case is how we experience our societies as externally compulsory, but not internally compelling. In many ways Critcley's real asset is in bringing philosophy into a concrete relationship to …