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Philosophy Lecture: ‘Ruined by Talking’

April 8, 2012

Philosophy Lecture: ‘Ruined by Talking’

The Spring Philosophy Lecture “Ruined by Talking: Kieregaard on Language, Nature, and Communications” will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24 in Morken 103.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Sergia Hay will give the address. The lecture will exam both Danish philosopher S├śren Kierkegaard’s sharp criticism of human language and his praise for the communicative skills of non-human life. Does language give humans an advantage over other creatures? Kierkegaard has a surprising answer.

Kierkegaard argues that genuine communication must be expressed in one’s being rather than through one’s words. Non-human creatures are therefore communicative exemplars for Kierkegaard, since they have no choice but to be what they mean.