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London Aesthetics Forum

The LAF is putting on two lectures that would have great appeal to me: One of my favourite philosophers, Colin McGinn, on Hand, Mind and Language: In what ways might the human hand have contributed to the evolution of the human mind and human language? To what extent do we have a “manual mind”? Could spoken…

There Will Be No More Great Ideas

Here is a review by David Winters on Mark Reed’s recently published Robert Musil and the NonModern. There’s something about The Man Without Qualities that seems to resist conclusive criticism. Something not so much unfinished as uniquely continuous; infinite. The reason the novel is unlike anything else you’ll ever read is because it goes on reading itself…

The Man Without Qualities

Leonard Lopate discusses with Burton Pike, editor and translator of Robert Musil’s titanic though unfinished novel, the philosophical and aesthetic ideas circulating in pre-war Viennese society as depicted in The Man Without Qualities. Download the audio file here: Underappreciated: Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities (19 mins)