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Bells, Books and Candles - Philosophy Seminar
Bells, Books and Candles - Philosophy Seminar

Thu, 08 Feb



Bells, Books and Candles - Philosophy Seminar

Seminar-soiree with Stephen Alexander 'on the continuing allure of physical objects in an age of virtual reality'. Ideas, wine, discussion.

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08 Feb 2024, 19:00 – 21:30

London, 33 Store St, London WC1E 7BS, UK

About The Event

 Cultural critic Stephen Alexander, writing out of the Continental philosophy tradition, is here to praise of physical objects in magic.  He launches with this: 

"According to some commentators, nostalgia for the thing is always reactionary. And perhaps there are good reasons to be suspicious of those who become too taken with the idea that things – including artworks and human beings – have a magical quality or essence. Nevertheless, my fascination with das Ding – whether in the prose poems of Francis Ponge, the philosophical reflections of Martin Heidegger, or even the psychoanalytic seminars of Jacques Lacan – grows stronger by the year. In other words, for me, the thing remains an alluring object – albeit one that is rapidly vanishing in this virtual age of Undinge – and I don’t wish to live in an entirely disenchanted world where everything has been dissolved and digitalised into quantifiable data to be processed by artificial intelligence. Indeed, push comes to shove, I stand with the young witch who told me that when non-things beckon her to enter a virtual abyss, she relies on the saving power of bell, book, and candle to summon her back to reality."

This evening is in a seminar format around the table, with friendly enagement and complimentary wine. We promise a welcoming, inclusive soiree. No philosophical academic knowledge is required, just a love of new ideas.  Stephen Alexander, PhD  (Warwick), cultural critic and provacateur, writes extensively across a range of online and print media, with regular posts on his blog Torpedo the Ark.


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