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or Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, fielding questions about the relationship between philosophy and tragedy with specific focus on the queering of gender within tragedy. In this lecture Simon Critchley discusses ritual and religion, sacrifice, cannibalism, Georges Bataille, skepticism, the chorus and Obama in relationship to psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, the discourse of the master, the hysteric and the university, Alian Badiou, Jacques Derrida's "Glas," Wallace Stevens, Samuel Beckett, desire, Hamlet, lamentation, Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary," Henrik Ibsen, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Steiner focusing on Judith Butler, law, Shakespear, and the city.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 ...