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or Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about tragedy, moral ambiguity, the city-state, ritual, the relationship between the dead and the living, temporal disjunction between the past and present, Antigone, Hegel, ghosts, power and gender trouble. In this lecture, Simon Critchley discusses Socrates, Plato, Oedipus, Hamlet, the spectacle, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bernard Williams, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet focusing on law, myth, and theater.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2011. Simon Critchley. Simon Critchley, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at The New School, as well as a professor at the European Graduate School (EGS). Simon Critchley was born on February 27, 1960 in Hertfordshire, England. He is a world renowned scholar of Continental Philosophy and phenomenology. Much of his work examines the crucial relationship between the ethical and political within philosophy. Simon Critchley's published work deals largely with disappointment and it's relationship to philosophy; chiefly, religious or political disappointment. Simon Critchley's published works include Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Essays on Derrida (1999), Levinas, and Contemporary French Thought (1999), The Ethics of Deconstruction (2000), Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (2001), On Humour ...