VOLUME 10 (2009) ISSUE 2 of Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory is special issue edited by Robert Sinnerbrink and Philip A. Quadrio entitled Ethics of Commitment and Politics of Resistance: Simon Critchley’s Neo-Anarchism .
The issue includes Simon Critchley’s article Mystical Anarchism. For the full contents list, see Continental Philosophy.
For the clearest, boldest and most systematic statement of Simon Critchley’s influential views on philosophy, ethics, and politics, try Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance. Part diagnosis of the times, part theoretical analysis of the impasses and possibilities of ethics and politics, part manifesto, Infinitely Demanding identifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy and argues that what is called for is an ethics of commitment that can inform a radical politics.
For more of Critchley’s ethics, his contribution to the latest set of Radical Thinkers, Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas and Contemporary French Thought takes up three questions at the centre of contemporary theoretical debate:What is ethical experience? What can be said of the subject who has this experience? What, if any, is the relation of ethical experience to politics? Through spirited confrontations with major thinkers, such as Lacan, Nancy, Rorty, and, in particular, Levinas and Derrida, Critchley finds answers in a nuanced “ethics of finitude” and defends the political possibilities of deconstruction. Democracy, economics, friendship, and technology are all considered anew in Critchley’s bold excursions on the meaning and value of recent French philosophy.