Simon Critchley

Escaping Freedom – The Interstitial Politics of Emmanuel Levinas (Joshua Lawrence)

This paper was first delivered at the 2020 Annual Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference.          As conceived in a liberal framework, the subject is primarily rational (or at least rational enough) and thus, capable of self-legislating in accordance with a deontological imperative. To some extent, this implies sovereignty, albeit one guarded by…

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“Naming The Darkness,” Spiritual Violence, And Radical Incompleteness – Resituating A Political Theology, Part 2 (James E. Willis, III)

The following is the first of a two-part series. The first can be found here. It is republished from Religious Theory on May 9, 2020. A philosophy of finite human time is one way to read Martin Hägglund’s recent This Life because time is of critical importance in his corpus to date. His interpretation…

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“Naming The Darkness,” Spiritual Violence, And Radical Incompleteness – Resituating A Political Theology, Part 1 (James E. Willis, III)

The following is the first of a two-part series. It is republished from Religious Theory on May 1, 2020. The Death of God theological movement of the mid-twentieth century serves as a productive starting place to consider spiritual violence in our time, or the forceful displacement of human relations in…

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