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Thinking with our Ears

What if we removed the earplugs and finally heard the sound of ideas? We've forgotten that thought, whether it's a loud din or a quiet rustle, generates noise.

Philosophers' accents and voices are part of their thinking. We may hear cries and groans even in their texts. Following in the footsteps of Nietzsche's stethoscopic listening, François Noudelmann asks us to delve deeply into philosophical writings, making texts resonate, disclosing their rumbling content. Breaths, flow, accents & silence... these sonorous aspects of discourse are more than just ornaments; they cannot be reduced to rhetorical strategy. The sound features of philosophical thought, far from being minor or anecdotal, invite us to think with our ears, not only our eyes, and to read differently. From Lucretius' rhythm to Derrida's accent, via Sartre, Wittgenstein, Bachelard, and Adorno, François Noudelmann urges us to study an "auditory turn" in philosophy, and to identify the distinctive soundscape of thought.