Gemma Corradi Fiumara: The impoverishment of listening

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Listening actually impoverishes us from a rational point of view because if we seriously engage in paying heed we may even come to a state of helplessness and disorientation. And yet, even though in some respects the challenge pulls us away from the articulations of real knowledge, on the whole and in the long run it may contribute to a new (and not an alternative) style of philosophical world; a sort of work which seeks neither to comply with standard rationality nor to shape the world according to its views; we no longer know what discourse we ought to reproduce mimetically in accordance with certain basic meta-rules and no longer wish to shape culture according to certain principles of current rationality. "Reality," "nature", "the world" thus escape any restrictive construction and almost exclusively in turn to renegotiate the relationship. (43)


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