The privilege of boredom: Philosophy in isolation – The TLS

Philosophy essay – The TLS | How philosophy can happen in isolation, an essay by Anil Gomes

“Those of us at home with children at the moment cannot avoid the “irrelevant intrusion of domestic matters into intellectual life”. A conversation with a colleague about some nicety of Kant was interrupted by my daughter screaming “That’s not fair!” outside the bedroom door. The few books I have brought home snuggle up against Monopoly, marble run and Lego. My attempts at reading and writing are punctuated by the making of snacks, the settling of disputes, the sound of children’s television. Withdrawal from the world is not much of a withdrawal when some of the world comes with you.

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