The Thing of the Essay

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I read the essay’s attitude toward things as a commitment to both receptivity—lingering with things as they are found--and renewal—seeing new possibilities in things. Understanding the essay as an experiment in dwelling with things perhaps helps to motivate the contemporary relevance of the form. Dwelling with things has a visionary potential to see beyond the narrow horizon afforded by the habitual or orthodox, and in times of social and environmental crisis, the need to renew the possibility in things becomes urgent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Edinburgh Companion to the Essay
EditorsMario Aquilina, Bob Cowser, Nicole Wallack
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781474486040
ISBN (Print)9781474486026
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022


  • Phenomenology
  • phenomenology of literature
  • Heidegger
  • essay studies
  • Subjectivity
  • thingyness
  • object-oriented philosophy
  • philosophy


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