Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Irish Times on the forgetting of objects.
The trouble with your own home is that its very familiarity leads it to become almost invisible. German philosopher Martin Heidegger had something to say about this. In his frequently impenetrable but otherwise fascinating quest to understand the concept of being, he looked at how in day-to-day life we necessarily forget to look at everyday objects such as tables, doorways, knives, forks and plates. If we didn’t, we’d become so distracted we’d forget to get on with the dinner.

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