Zach Peters

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Thought (philosophy)

Slow Thought calls for a slow philosophy to ease thinking into a more playful and porous dialogue about what it means to live. Vincenzo Di Nicola’s “Slow Thought Manifesto” elucidates and illuminates Slow Thought through seven proclamations, published and cited in English,[55][56][57] Indonesian,[58] Italian,[59] and Portuguese,[60] and frequently cited in French:[61][62][63]

  1. Slow Thought is marked by peripatetic Socratic walks, the face-to-face encounter of Emmanuel Levinas, and Mikhail Bakhtin’s dialogic conversations
  2. Slow Thought creates its own time and place
  3. Slow Thought has no other object than itself
  4. Slow Thought is porous
  5. Slow Thought is playful
  6. Slow Thought is a counter-method, rather than a method, for thinking as it relaxes, releases and liberates thought from its constraints and the trauma of tradition
  7. Slow Thought is deliberate

Notable Slow thinkers include Mahatma Gandhi who affirmed that, “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed”,[64] Giorgio Agamben (on the philosophy of childhood),[65] Walter Benjamin (on the porosity of Naples),[66] and Johan Huizinga (on play as an interlude in our daily lives). Di Nicola’s Slow Thought Manifesto is featured in Julian Hanna’s The Manifesto Handbook as a reaction against acceleration, “elucidating seven principles, including the practice of being ‘asynchronic’ or resisting the speed of modern times in favor of the ‘slow logic of thought’ and working toward greater focus”.[67] The Slow Thought Manifesto is being cited in philosophy,[68] information science,[69] and peacebuilding politics.[70]

“Take your time”, the slogan of Slow Thought, cited by Di Nicola,[55] is taken from philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, himself a slow thinker:

“In a wonderful philosophical lesson that is structured like a joke, Wittgenstein admonished philosophers about rushing their thinking:

Question: ‘How does one philosopher address another?’

Answer: ‘Take your time.’”[71]