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Simon Critchley, the philosopher who jumps to all the playing fields

After its essays on the Faith and David Bowie, the Briton, Forofo of Liverpool, publishes a book of football "to be swell forces you to believe in the fairies, to behave like a stupid"

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Simon Critchley, the philosopher who jumps to all the playing fields
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As yesterday was presented to public essay on what we think when we think about football, it was natural that author, Simon Critchley (Hertfordshire, England, 1960) was refer to unexpected resignation of Zinedine Zidane as coach of Real Madrid. Zidane also retired unexpectedly as a player. "It's a strange character for a footballer," says Critchley. "I think it was Virginia Woolf who spoke of a darkness that is self. The self is like a shark, or a child, or a creature under water... In Zidane you see. And you see also melancholy of what has been done, because when something has been done, it is over. Now what? What will be next? He dies, as he died when he stopped being a player, in 2006, and now, as a coach, has died again. And I think he's very aware of that. "

The Book of Critchley has a chapter devoted to "The Zidane's Paradox", to dark and profound truth that is clearly evident, says Critchley, beneath firmness, hermetismness and severity of face, and behind continued movement of football: "A nucleus of Immobility and Silence "or" outline of an inaccessible interiority, of a reality that resists commodification, of an atmosphere ", atmosphere that author relates to portrait of innocent X of Velázquez.

"In football luck is important, and Real Madrid had it in final, but question is: Have you created luck? You have to help her. On this subject I like to quote an American golf champion who says, ' The more I practice, luckier I get. '

The fair play has merit in this man who was raised in a fanatical devotion to Liverpool, a club he feels united by a religious commitment. "And in belief not only that my team is very good, but that ir followers are special and culture that surrounds it, unique." Passion and belief that he has ensured to instill in his son.

Simon Critchley is a thinker who, after a few years of shady and potentially dangerous youth, is recycled through study of literature and n philosophy. "I read canon of modern European literature of twentieth century. The literature professors were not very impressive, and instead those of philosophy were excellent teachers. "

The philosopher Simon Critchley, in a hotel in Madrid. Jaime Villanueva The literary PAÍSVocación

In part because of this first literary vocation, Critchley, a professor at new School for Social Research in Nueva York, whose international reputation was brightened by his duel of ideas with Zizek (who by way of his book infinitely demanding: Ethics of Commitment, politics of resistance reproached him his supposed postmodernism and escapism), is an eclectic writer, who does not respect distances between high and low culture; In addition to experiments of political ology like faith of those who do not have faith publishes books in which it analyzes phenomena of popular culture or that of masses like Bowie, written feverishly under impression of death of musician: "No person has provided me so much Pleasure as David Bowie throughout my whole life. "

Bowie can be read as a meditation on philosophical concepts that Critchley considers substantial in trajectory and in songs of artist (whose letters, often confused, are composed, as philosopher reveals, following random technique of Burroughs cut-up) as "being for Nothing" of Heidegger and "scarcity" and "Moribundia" in Beckett. Conversely, in book on football we learned that Heidegger had in his office a hidden TV to follow games, especially those of German team: "Heidegger impressed Beckenbauer." He did not get to know author of being and time, who died in 1976, but he did Gadamer. Critchley was 26 years old and author of Truth and Method, 86. "And do you know what we're talking about? of football. He was a big fan. " One of things that this philosopher likes most about football is social character. "Football is socialism," he says.

The football passion is, he says, a blessing for people, that around sporting duel has access to a perfectly ordered and delimited universe, and an alternative to everyday life: "When we look at football we enter a different world, wonderfully Idiot. " Because "despite cynicism, corruption and chronic capitalism inherent in this sport, being a fan forces you to believe in fairies, to behave like a fool and to have a certain degree of optimism."

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