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Professor Uleman on the Desire to Understand

Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy, writes on the phenomenology and reality of reason in Artforum.

“We want things to make sense. We spend hours and hours listening to talk radio, to preachers, to teachers, to each other; we talk and talk and talk, we read and read. We crave accounts, theories, breakdowns of how things fit together and why. Everybody (as some translations go) naturally desires knowledge.”

“If you can only scoff at everyone who disagrees with you, you ultimately refuse to allow that enlightenment is a thing.”

Jennifer Uleman, associate professor of philosophy

Excerpted from the Summer 2018 issue of Artforum

Open notebook and open book