Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little… Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, The Mattering of Matter. Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society (with Tom McCarthy), and Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (with Jamieson Webster). An experimental work, Memory Theatre, and a book called Bowie were both published in 2014 and a book on suicide is forthcoming. He is moderator of ‘The Stone,’ a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.



P is Not Dead: Dj Zenon Marko with Simon Critchley

DJs, and poets will provide a soundtrack to A Night of Philosophy in New York City.

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Albertine Books



Philosophy begins with the suicide of Socrates, and the question of whether one should live or die is arguably the first and most fundamental question any philosopher should address. The intention of this short talk is to explain our inhibition around the topic of suicide, and the inadequacy of the current talk of rights and duties in relation to whether one should live or die. Critchley will end with a consideration of suicide that draws on Camus, Jean Amery, Edouard Levé and Virginia Woolf.

Time: 4:30 am
Location: Cultural Services of the French Embassy / Ballroom