[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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