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Poetic Thinking 2016 | February 19, 2020

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Posts By Andrew McLeod

Marx on Art in Different Epochs

March 11, 2016 | 1

Marx has come up a few times in passing during this seminar, but I was led to recall a specific passage from the Grundrisse during our last class, in which we found ourselves discussing works of literature spanning two millennia. … Read More

Small Acts of Poetic Thinking

March 9, 2016 | 2

Our discussions in this class have focused on work that has been given a distinguished position in society and in our lives by virtue of the epithet ‘art’ (I mean this only in a descriptive sense—that we do, in fact, … Read More

Poetic Thinking and The Future

March 4, 2016 | 3

I’ve recently been pondering three questions at the intersection of ‘Poetic Thinking’ and ‘The Future’.

First, to the extent that Poetic Thinking has the potential to change how we think and relate to ourselves, it seems worthwhile to consider the … Read More

The Book of Miracles

March 4, 2016 | 1

Bergman’s invocation of the seemingly apocalyptic Middle Ages prompted me to revisit an illuminated manuscript that I came across earlier this year, which (to my understanding) was only recently re-discovered. A better description than I could have offered is given … Read More

Bergman and Overstimulation

March 3, 2016 | 2

Having seen The Seventh Seal once prior to this class (an experience—my first with Bergman—that led me to watch six or seven more of his films), I re-approached it this week intent on deciphering what I then found (and continue … Read More

Where Should We Look?

February 19, 2016 | 1

One of the elements of yesterday’s discussion I most resonated with was Lucy’s depiction of works of art as sites of potentiality for Poetic Thinking, rather than as objects to which we might attribute Poetic Thinking as a label. For … Read More

Two Notions of Poetic Thinking

February 11, 2016 | 2

I think there are (at least) two ways we can frame the notion of Poetic Thinking. In one, we take its essence to be grounded in reference to poetry—all poems (to a greater or lesser degree) are thought to participate … Read More

Poetic Thinking in Music

February 9, 2016 | 5

One medium I find conspicuously absent from the syllabus is music (alas, we don’t have time to do everything). Even though music isn’t enmeshed in systematic forms of reasoning quite as directly as most of the art we’re discussing, it does … Read More

Animated Kafka

February 2, 2016 | 1

Harkening back to week two, I thought I’d share an animation of Kafka’s short story A Country Doctor that I recently discovered, by Kōji Yamamura. I think Yamamura manages to visually render the absurdity of the story to great effect, and the fact that … Read More

Nietzsche’s Zarathustra

January 26, 2016 | 4

It’s hard to know what to make of Zarathustra, the eponymous philosopher-prophet and cynosure of Nietzsche’s most enigmatic book. Are we to assume that his views coincide with Nietzsche’s? For indeed, he does grapple with—and preach on—many of the themes … Read More