Impossible objects are those about which the philosopher, narrowly conceived, can hardly speak: poetry, film, music, humor. Such "objects" do not rely on philosophy for interpretation and understanding; they are already independent practices and sites of sensuous meaning production. As Elvis Costello has said, "writing about music is like dancing about architecture." We don't need literary theory in order to be riveted by the poem, nor a critic's analysis to enjoy a film. How then can philosophy speak about anything outside of itself, namely all of those things which actually matter to us in this world?
In Impossible Objects, Simon Critchley - one of the most influential and insightful philosophers writing today - extends his philosophical investigation into non-philosophical territories, including discussions on tragedy, poetry, humor, and music. In a series of engaging and enlightening conversations, Critchley reflects on his early work on the ethics of deconstruction; the recurring themes of mortality and nihilism; his defense of neo-anarchism; and his recent investigation into secular faith, or "a faith of the faithless". Essential reading for artists, academics, and general readers alike, this book explores the relationship between the philosophical world and those complex and fascinating "impossible objects" which give life meaning.
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Review: Impossible ObjectsUser Review - Nathan - Goodreads
The essay on Can was a surprising/enjoyable addition to a few interviews I'd read in other places. Watching Crtichley work out his theories of 'disappointment' in a counter to Levinas' critique of Derridian ethics in 'real-time' was worth the price of admission. Read full review
Review: Impossible ObjectsUser Review - Jeremy Stewart - Goodreads
enjoyed the rawness of the interviews and the breadth of subject matter. Read full review
1 Early Bedfellows
2 Keep Your Mind in Hell and Despair Not
3 The State is a Limitation on Human Existence
4 Infi nitely Demanding Anarchism
5 Action in a World of Recuperation
6 Language and Murder