Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Thinking about Thinking about Language with Julia de Boer and Andrew Tebbutt
The Institute for Christian Studies is characterized by a conversational, exploratory approach to pedagogy, which spills into coffee shops, hallways, and meet-ups outside the classroom. This week, Junior Member Julia de Boer and ICS alum Andrew Tebbutt give us a window into that atmosphere by gathering around the microphone to talk about French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty, specifically his insights into language and thought. What might it mean to think about language? Can we think without language? What do our bodies have to do with our brains? The questions might seem simple, but being a fly on the wall in this conversation reveals that the tools of phenomenology help us to rigorously investigate our most basic ways of being human.