[SydPhil] Reminder: daniela helbig @ Mon 22 Oct 13:00 - 14:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: daniela helbig
The camel and the needle's eye: Sir Arthur Eddington and Walter Benjamin on  
scientific and everyday experience".

“We can virtually hear Kafka speak!” – This was Walter Benjamin’s reaction,  
sent in a letter to Gershom Sholem in 1936, to the physicist Sir Arthur  
Eddington’s description of crossing a doorstep. With swirling molecules and  
gaping holes between them narratively scaled up to a human-sized order of  
magnitude, the rather ordinary action of stepping on a wooden plank seemed  
like an absurdly difficult task. My paper contrasts Eddington’s  
construction of “everyday experience” out of an opposition to  
scientifically grounded knowledge with Benjamin’s reading of this  
construction, and investigates both thinkers’ positions on keeping separate  
the notions of ‘knowledge’ and ‘experience’ as they had developed them  
during the first few decades of the 20th century.
When: Mon 22 Oct 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Philosophy common room, A 14, University of Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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