June 23, 2017 – Slow Philosophy

My guest on this program is Michelle Boulous Walker, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Queensland, Australia. Dr. Walker’s research interests span the fields of European philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, and feminist philosophy. Her teaching interests in philosophy include intersections with politics, film, and literature. Her most recent book is Slow Philosophy: Reading against the Institution, in which she argues that philosophy involves the patient work of thought; in this it resembles the work of art, which invites and implores us to take our time and to engage with the world. At its best, philosophy teaches us to read slowly; in fact, philosophy is the art of reading slowly – and this inevitably clashes with many of our current institutional practices and demands.

References from the book & mentioned in the interview
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Critchley, S. (1989). The Chiasmas: Levinas, Derrida and the Ethical Demand for Deconstruction. Textual Practice 3 (1), 91-106.
Gumbrecht, H. U. (2003). The Powers of Philology: Dynamics of Textual Scholarship. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Hadot, P. (1995). Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault. (M. Chase, Trans.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
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Irigaray, L. (1993). An Ethics of Sexual Difference. (C. a. Burke, Trans.) Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Le Dœuff, M. (1989). The Philosophical Imaginary. (C. Gordon, Trans.) Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Levinas, E. (1989). The Levinas Reader. (S. Hand, Ed.) Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Monk, R. (2005). How to Read Wittgenstein. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co.