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Philosophy Bank Holiday Special

This years John Ruskin Memorial Lecture is at 6.30pm on Sunday 26 May

at the Coniston Institute

Yewdale Road Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8DU

Rude Mechanicals: Art, Humour, And The Politics Of Making

Professor Charlie Gere of Lancaster University will be talking to Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. The event will be recorded for the New Mechanics Library. Tickets £5 on the door, includes a suitably themed dinner.

Advance booking essential – email

Simon Critchley is a philosopher currently teaching at The New School who writes primarily on politics, religion, ethics, and aesthetics. Critchley works from within the tradition of continental philosophy. He argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political.

Critchley studied philosophy at the University of Essex and at the University of Nice. Among his teachers were Robert Bernasconi, Jay Bernstein, Frank Cioffi, Dominique Janicaud and Onora O'Neill. His M.Phil. thesis dealt with the problem of the overcoming of metaphysics in Heidegger and Carnap; his Ph.D. dissertation was on the ethics of deconstruction in Emmanuel Levinas and Derrida.

Following a period as a university fellow at Cardiff University, Critchley was appointed a lecturer in philosophy at Essex in 1989, becoming reader in philosophy in 1995, and professor in 1999. Since 2004 Critchley has been professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He held the position of chair in philosophy at the New School from 2008–2011, and became the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy in 2011. He has held visiting professorships at numerous universities, including Sydney (2000), Notre Dame (2002), Cardozo Law School (2005) and at the University of Oslo (2006). In 2009 he was appointed a part-time professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, where he runs a summer school and teaches in philosophy and liberal arts.

Charlie Gere is Director of Research at the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University.

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