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How to Stop Living and Start Worrying: Conversations with Carl Cederstrom Hardcover – 3 Sep 2010
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"An entertaining set of conversations with a bright star of philosophy."
Boyd Tonkin, The Independent
"The pages are stuffed with reminiscence and intriguing passing ideas as well as more arguments (of greater or lesser plausability) than most books twice the length. The intellectual register soars and plunges in a pleasing rhythm."
Steven Poole, The Guardian
"Apart from his charming autobiography, Critchley is remarkably adept at clearly explaining quite difficult ideas."
Nina Power, Philosophers′ Magazine
"Carl Cederstrom′s book of interviews with Simon Critchley, reminded me that I was not the only tinnitus–blighted Scouser to be fighting the good fight for ′Continental′ philosophy!"
Mark Thwaite, Ready Steady Book
"An indispensable resource to anyone interested in Critchley′s writing."
A Piece of Monologue
"After reading this book, I was, I must admit, sorely tempted to answer Camus′s famous question in the affirmative."
David Shields, author of Reality Hunger
From the Back Cover
The question of how to lead a happy and meaningful life has been at the heart of philosophical debate since time immemorial. Today, however, these questions seem to be addressed not by philosophers but self–help gurus, who frantically champion the individual′s quest for self–expression and self–realization; the desire to become authentic.
Against these new age sophistries, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying tackles the question of ′how to live′ by forcing us to explore our troubling relationship with death. For Critchley, philosophy begins with the question of finitude and with his understanding of a key classical theme – that to philosophize is to learn how to die. Learning how to accept both our own and others′ mortality as a part of life also raises the question of how to love. Critchley argues that the act of love requires us to give up something of ourselves, to lose control so as to be open to the demands of love. We will never be equal to this demand and so we are brought face to face with our own limitations – one form of which is what Critchley calls our ′originary inauthenticity′. By scrutinizing the very nature of humour, Critchley explores what we need to laugh at ourselves and presents the need to confront the inescapable ridiculousness of life.
Reflecting on the work of over 20 years, this book provides a unique, witty and erudite introduction to the thought of Simon Critchley. It includes a revealing biographical conversation with Critchley and a fascinating debate with the critically acclaimed novelist Tom McCarthy about the nature of authenticity. Taken together the conversations give an intimate portrait of one of the most lucid, provocative and engaging philosophers writing today.See all Product description
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With such a cheery approach, this tackles the issue of humour as the survival mechanism that defines our lives in fighting the inevitable doom ofour eventual demise. Philosophy is presented relatively accessably, but without much in the way of substance. Taken in the form of transcruibed dialogue, it's similar to books with titles like "Barry White On Barry White", where a figure talks about themselves self-referentially. It reminds me of overhearing an oddly pretentious conversation about death by a flippant scientist in a pub on a Sunday afternoon - which obviously happens ALL THE TIME. An entertaining curio, but no more than that.
Nothing will challenge, too strongly, any ideas you might have about Life, the Universe...and Everything. It also give a fascinating insight into Simon's early life in the UK and how he actually came to be a philosopher teaching at a USA New York Uni.
The book is divided into 6 chapters covering Life=Simon's life mostly, Philosophy, Death, Love=a new topic of thought for Mr Critchley, Humour (as opposed to comedy) and Authenticity.
Main points are we should live as if we're going to die, to help us enjoy living...which is partly the title of the book's opposite point. If we lived as if death was actually going to happen at some point, maybe we'd fret less. Simon is after all, the author of The Book of Dead Philosophers, so he's given quite a lot of thought to this subject.He quite rightly points out that the subject of death, so important to the Victorians, has been eclipsed by sex. We talk, write and think about sex more than our inevitable demise, which is a shame as it will happen, to all of us, at some point.
The last chapter is a bit strange. The interviewer Carl is talking to Simon and Tom McCarthy who have formed some weird organisation called the International Necronautical Society, who aim to explore death in all it's guises. I wondered as I was reading this, how much was tongue-in-cheek and how much was real....felt a bit like I'd flipped into a parallel universe.
All in all, a steady read. It's not an academic work, as it is written as an interview, so it flows rather quickly, but I enjoyed the points raised and was fascinated (as I'm studying A Level Philosophy at the moment) to read about how a modern day philosophers mind works...
Real meat here- but the book doesn't chew on it properly. Lots of ideas are thrown out- but not explored in any real depth.
Here's the problem: it seems churlish to complain about a book which explores really serious and important concepts and ideas, when ninety per cent of books don't even approach those ideas and that depth of thinking.
But, let's face it- this book will only be purchased by someone who is interested in philosophy. And they will expect more, much more than this.
This is a good little taster, and it is definitely worth reading. But could have been so much more.
This was my first encounter with Simon Critchley's work & it does not encourage me to read the rest. It's essentially a transcript of conversations between him & Carl Cederstrom, addressing the nature of humour & the usual staples of love & death. Being mere conversations, none of the subject are examined in any depth - it's a bit like chatting in a pub with an eloquent friend, but less fun. There's lots of soundbites but little explanation of how ideas were reached or even any attempts to expand & develop them. Thus faith or an existing familiarity with Critchley's work is required to gain much from it.
A somewhat lightweight read, seemingly aimed at people not looking for a lightweight read. A failed attempt to attract a mainstream audience, perhaps. I think they were trying to be humourous but the joke fell flat.
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