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Lyndsey Stonebridge is Professor of Humanities and Human Rights at the University of Birmingham and author of Writing and Righting: Literature in the Age of Human Rights (OUP)
We should start owning our reading and asking more serious questions about what place literary education has in our collective life today.
Between the wars, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger, Ernst Cassirer and Walter Benjamin sought to transform the world by giving it their total attention – a lesson that still resonates 100 years on.
The philosopher’s distinction between work and labour should guide our attempts to build a better society.
The thick spike proteins of Covid-19 have latched on to poverty, inequality and racism. There has to be a better politics than this.