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Seeing silence

Author: Mark C Taylor
Publisher: Chicago (Ill.) ; London : the University of Chicago press. copyright 2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Finding silence amidst restlessness is what makes creative life possible and death comprehensible. But how do we find-more importantly, how do we "understand" silence while immersed in the chattering of the digital age ? Have we forgotten how to listen? Are we less prepared than ever for the ultimate silence that awaits us all ? Mark C. Taylor's new book is a philosophy of silence for our nervous, buzzing present, a
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark C Taylor
ISBN: 9780226693521 022669352X
OCLC Number: 1200046215
Description: 1 vol. (305 p.) : ill., jaquette ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 0. 1. Without 2. Before 3. From 4. 5. Beyond 6. Against 7. Within 8. 9. Between 10. Toward 11. Around 12. 13. With 14. In Acknowledgments Notes Index
Responsibility: Mark C. Taylor.

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Finding silence amidst restlessness is what makes creative life possible and death comprehensible. But how do we find-more importantly, how do we "understand" silence while immersed in the chattering of the digital age ? Have we forgotten how to listen? Are we less prepared than ever for the ultimate silence that awaits us all ? Mark C. Taylor's new book is a philosophy of silence for our nervous, buzzing present, a timely work for a world where noise is a means of distraction, domination, and control. Here Taylor asks the reader to pause long enough to hear what is not said, and to attend to what remains unsayable. But in his account, our way to "hearing" silence is to "see" it : Taylor explores variations of silence by considering the work of leading modem and postmodern visual artists, from Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt to James Turrell and Anish Kapoor. Drawing also on the insights of philosophers, theologians, writers, and composers, he weaves a rich narrative modeled on the Stations of the Cross. "We come from and return to silence ; in between, silence is the gap, hesitation, interval that allows thoughts to form and words to emerge," he writes. His chapter titles suggest our positions toward silence or rather, our pre-positions : Without. Before. From. Beyond. Against. Within. Around. Between. Toward. With. In. Recasting Hegel's phenomenology of spirit and Kierkegaard's stages on life's way, Taylor translates the traditional "Via Dolorosa" into a Nietzschean "Via Jubilosa" that affirms silence in the midst of noise, light in the midst of darkness.

Trouver le silence au milieu de l'agitation, c'est ce qui rend la vie créative possible et la mort compréhensible. Mais comment trouver, et surtout comment "comprendre" le silence en étant immergé dans le brouhaha de l'ère numérique ? Avons-nous oublié comment écouter ? Sommes-nous moins préparés que jamais au silence ultime qui nous attend tous ? Le nouveau livre de Mark C. Taylor est une philosophie du silence pour notre présent nerveux et bourdonnant, une œuvre opportune pour un monde où le bruit est un moyen de distraction, de domination et de contrôle. Ici, Taylor demande au lecteur de faire une pause suffisamment longue pour entendre ce qui n'est pas dit et pour s'occuper de ce qui reste inexprimable. Mais dans son récit, notre façon "d'entendre" le silence est de le "voir" : Taylor explore les variations du silence en considérant le travail des principaux artistes visuels modernes et postmodernes, de Barnett Newman et Ad Reinhardt à James Turrell et Anish Kapoor. S'inspirant également des idées de philosophes, théologiens, écrivains et compositeurs, il tisse un riche récit sur le modèle du chemin de croix. "Nous venons du silence et nous y retournons ; entre les deux, le silence est l'espace, l'hésitation, l'intervalle qui permet aux pensées de se former et aux mots d'émerger", écrit-il. Les titres de ses chapitres suggèrent nos positions face au silence ou plutôt nos prépositions : Sans. Avant. De. Au-delà. Contre. En dedans. Autour. Entre. Vers. Avec. Dans. Reflétant la phénoménologie de l'esprit de Hegel et les étapes de la vie de Kierkegaard, Taylor traduit la traditionnelle "Via Dolorosa" en une "Via Jubilosa" nietzschéenne qui affirme le silence au milieu du bruit, la lumière au milieu de l'obscurité.

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"Based on the synesthesia between seeing and hearing, Seeing Silence is an original and fascinating meditation on the origins of human experience, art, and language. Taylor argues eloquently for the Read more...

 
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