Critchley, Simon

Born 1960, England
Lives in New York


Simon Critchley:
Barack Obama and the American Void

Thursday, September 18, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
Lecture: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is dedicating its annual programming to the theme of Branding Democracy. The inaugural lecture is delivered by Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy at The New School for Social Research and at University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom. His research focuses on the history of philosophy, literature, ethics, and politics.

In keeping with this political moment, Critchley approaches the subject of democracy through the current presidential elections and focuses on one of the two candidates: entitled “Barack Obama and the American Void,” Critchley’s lecture examines Obama’s subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. Obama as the ultimate brand.