A series of philosophical discussions
For me, the essence of humour consists in laughing at oneself: in finding oneself ridiculous. My hero in this regard is Samuel Beckett; Beckett has this idea of what he calls 'the pure laugh', the risus purus, which he says is the essence of laughter, which is the laugh that laughs at the laugh. The laugh that laughs at the laugh. And what goes on in genuine humour is that we laugh at ourselves, find ourselves ridiculous. What is interesting about humour in particular, is that humour is a powerful example of people philosophizing in their everyday lives.
British philosopher Simon Critchley has been interviewed on Swedish television for the philosophical discussion programme Konsten att börja oroa sig och sluta leva. Over the course of four episodes, the host Carl Cederström invites Critchley to discuss his formative influences, and asks Critchley he feels to be the role and position of philosophy in contemporary culture. The series goes on to debate a wide range of topics of interest to Critchley, and outlines a number of key debates in modern theoretical discourse.
Konsten att börja oroa sig och sluta leva interviews Simon Critchley:
(Originally broadcast from Saturday 11 April 2009.)
Episode One: The Role of Philosophy
Episode Two: Philosophy and Death (with Alexander Bard)
Episode Three: Philosophy and Literature (with Lars Gustafsson)
Episode Four: Religion and Science (with Christer Sturmark)