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Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include Very Little . . . Almost Nothing, The Faith of the Faithless, and The Book of Dead Philosophers. He is the series moderator of The Stone, a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.

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The Book of Dead Philosophers
Written by Simon Critchley
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$16.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-39043-1 (0-307-39043-8)

“To philosophize is to learn how to die.” —Cicero; assassinated by order of Mark Antony

“One who no longer is cannot suffer.” —Lucretius; suicide, allegedly driven mad by a love potion

“Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” —Hobbes; died in bed, age 91

In this collection of brief lives (and deaths) of... Read more






Stay, Illusion!
Written by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 22, 2014
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-95048-2 (0-307-95048-4)

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Arguably, no literary work, not even the Bible, is more familiar to us than Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Everyone knows at least six words from the play; often people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange” and... Read more






Stay, Illusion!
Written by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster
Pantheon | Hardcover | June 2013
$25.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-90761-5 (0-307-90761-9)

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the ghost haunts Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane. Arguably, no literary work is more familiar to us. Everyone knows at least six words from Hamlet, and most people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange,” and it becomes even more complex...

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