Open Lecture by Andrew Benjamin: 'Listening, Writing and the Founding of the Law: Notes on Exodus 32:19-20' – University of Copenhagen

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Open Lecture by Andrew Benjamin: 'Listening, Writing and the Founding of the Law: Notes on Exodus 32:19-20'

Abstract:

Listening and speaking bring with them the problem of immediacy. That which is immediate is pure presence. However if pure presence were a genuine possibility then practices of interpretation - including the ‘invention’ of allegorical interpretation - would be unnecessary. Moses listened to the word of God. And yet the registration of those words is writing; writing as that which can be understood as an-original mediation. The aim of this lecture will be to look in detail at the problem of immediacy and mediation and ask the question of the extent to which listening might be understood as a form of reading.

Bio:

Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Philosophy  at Monash University Melbourne and Anniversary Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Kingston University London. His recent publications include: Towards a Relational Ontology. Philosophy’s Other Possibility (SUNY Press, 2015); Art’s Philosophical Work (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and Virtue in Being (SUNY Press, 2016).

Participation is free, but online registration required by November 9, 2017 at 10 AM