Publecture with F.A. Muller
oktober 23 @ 20:00 - 23:30
Door F.A. Muller/ by F.A. Muller:
Before there was internet and personal computers and iPhones, Western culture was already flooded with images. One man discerned, because of this, not only a further decline in literacy, but even a fall of the word itself. We are opening the door to the night.
When the diagnosis of the Fall of the Word is correct, cultural pessimism seems unavoidable. Is it correct? How and why does cultural pessimism arise?
Assuming this cultural pessimism is justified, what are the further ramifications? Is the end of civilisation near?
Culture and civilisation go hand in hand, it seems: the more refined and diverse a culture, the higher the level of civilisation. The same seems true of technology. Arguably, culture and technology are constitutive of civilisation. The role of the word is here essential. Language is the beating heart of homo sapiens. We are homo symbolicus. Refined and developed language is the beating heart of culture, and of civilisation too. When the word is in decline, culture is in decline, and civilisation is in decline.
But what if the civilising labour of culture is a myth? Is the thought even bearable, that culture de-humanises homo sapiens, and thereby poses a threat to civilisation? (Gruesome snippets of evidence will be presented to the audience.) If so, we should rejoice in the decline, in opening the door to the night because it is not the night but it may very well be the light. The owl of Minerva will fly at dawn.
Tentative answers to these profound questions will be provided. Moreover, we shall see and hear the prophet.
It will be a night filled with this formidable topic, philosophy and good conversations. This event will take place at Proeflokaal Faas from 20:00 – 23:00.