There was a time when very few people were able to actually see Leonardo’s ‘Mona Lisa’: they had to actually stand in front of it. Nowadays, many of us can look at it whenever you want: in a book or on an iPhone, in the bus or during breakfast. Is it better now? How does the experience differ? Standing in front of the actual painting must be quite something. How about looking at it on a screen monitor, is it extraordinary?
• By Philippe Theophanidis on February 3, 2013 ― Published in Communication, Technology | Tagged: abnormal, experience, extraordinary, image, Internet, Kevin Kelly, normal, representation, Walter Benjamin
Liberal education is liberation from vulgarity. The Greeks had a beautiful word for “vulgarity”; they called it apeirokalia, lack of experience in things beautiful. Liberal education supplies us with experience in things beautiful. ☛ “What Is Liberal Education?” by Leo Strauss, Liberalism Ancient and Modern, Chicago: University of Chicago Press,  1968, p. 8. The […]
The Greek experience, as we reconstitute it, accords special value to the “limit” and reemphasizes the long-recognize scandalousness of the irrational: the indecency of that which, in measurement, is immeasurable. (He who first discovered the incommensurability of the diagonal of the square perished; he drowned in a shipwreck, for he had met with a strange […]
• By Philippe Theophanidis on July 14, 2012 ― Published in Communication | Tagged: allegory, communitas, community, death, Euclid, experience, incommensurability, incommunicability, inconceivable, irrational, knowledge, limit, mathematics, modernity, number, parable, Pythagoras, reason, unknown, unrepresentable
War, overpopulation and climate change are likely to be drivers of nostalgia as a serious form of psychoterratic illness in the twenty-first century. […] While dispossession and forced separation from home are potential triggers for environmentally induced distress, what about similar distress in people who are not displaced? People who are still in their home […]
• By Philippe Theophanidis on November 11, 2008 ― Published in Communication, Technology | Tagged: anthropocene, desolation, ecology, ecosystem, environnment, experience, home, loss, nostalgia, solace, solastalgia