Simon Critchley has gained a reputation as a witty and erudite philosopher with a gift for communicating complex ideas, rooted in the continental tradition, to a wide audience. Hailing originally from the depths of Hertfordshire suburbia, after many years at the University of Essex he is currently Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His early writings examined the thought of Derrida and Levinas, and the ethical implications of deconstruction. Much of his subsequent work examines how thinking about death, nihilism and disappointment in both religion and politics can and should provoke us to engage with life’s most important ethical questions. He has also brought his restless intelligence to bear on topics such as the relationship between philosophy and literature, ‘secular faith’ and music. He has published two books with Polity, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying and Impossible Objects.