Book Name: [PDF] How to Stop Living and Start Worrying
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Since the beginning of time, philosophers have tried to figure out how to live a happy and worthwhile life. Today, however, these questions seem to be answered not by philosophers but by self-help gurus, who furiously support the individual’s search for self-expression and self-realization; the desire to be real. How to Stop Living and Start Worrying takes on the question of “how to live” by making us think about our troubled relationship with death. This is a response to the new age nonsense. Critchley’s philosophy starts with the question of death and with his understanding of a key classical theme: that philosophy is learning how to die. Learning how to accept our own and other people’s death as a part of life also makes us think about how to love. Critchley says that to love someone, we have to give up something of ourselves and let go of power in order to be open to what love wants. We will never be able to meet this demand, so we are forced to face our own limitations. Critchley calls one of these limitations our “original inauthenticity.” Critchley looks at the nature of humour to find out what we need to laugh at ourselves and how we need to face the fact that life is always silly. This book is a unique, funny, and smart introduction to Simon Critchley’s ideas. It looks at his work over the past 20 years. It has a revealing interview with Critchley about his life and a fascinating discussion with the highly acclaimed novelist Tom McCarthy about what it means to be real. When you put all of the talks together, you get a close look at one of the most clear, thought-provoking, and interesting philosophers writing today.

Table of contents :

Cover……Page 1
Contents……Page 6
Introduction……Page 8
Life……Page 16
Philosophy……Page 42
Death……Page 52
Love……Page 75
Humour……Page 92
Authenticity……Page 117
Bibliography……Page 138
Index……Page 146


How to Stop Living and Start Worrying: Conversations with Carl Cederstrm PDF 

Author(s): Simon Critchley, Carl Cederstrom

Publisher: Polity, Year: 2010

ISBN: 0745650392,9780745650395


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