Jeff Malpas: "Thinking in a Thoughtless Time"

  • Datum: –16.00
  • Plats: Engelska parken - Eng4-0019
  • Arrangör: Filsofiska institutionen och Engaging Vulnerability-programmet
  • Kontaktperson: Sharon Rider
  • Föreläsning

Gästföreläsning – Högre seminariet i språk- och kulturfilosofi och Engaging Vulnerability-programmet

Jeff Malpas, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Tasmania: "Thinking in a Thoughtless Time"

The seminar is open to all. If you are interested in attending and would like to read the paper in advance, just send a note to Sharon Rider.


Abstract
As it is a form of thinking, and an especially significant form at that, the question of the contemporary value and significance of philosophy cannot be asked apart form the question of the value and significance of thinking itself. Yet as Martin Heidegger argues, ours seems to be a time in which we are “in flight from thinking” – a time in which, if thinking is seen as valuable and relevant at all, it is only to the extent to which is serves an instrumental purpose – usually a purpose construed in monetary or commercial terms. Such monetized instrumentalism is deeply problematic, not only because of the way it corrodes any real sense of value or undermines even the idea of the instrumental as such, but because of the way it brings with it a loss of any real sense of boundedness. It is just such a sense of limit or bound that is central to thinking, and so the contemporary “flight from thinking” can also be understood as a flight from boundedness. Moreover as thinking finds its own bound, as well as its ground, in truth, so the flight from thinking is also a flight from truth, and a flight, too, from our own humanity.