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or Simon Critchley, philosopher and author, talking about ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, Plato, Aristotle and Aristophanes. In this lecture Simon Critchley discusses humour, mimesis, memes and poetry in relationship to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis of jokes, sublimation, affect and festivals focusing on laughter and catharsis.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 (2002), Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance (2008), and The Book of Dead Philosophers (2008).