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Sander van Maas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264377

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264377.001.0001

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Listening behind Hearing

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Thresholds of Listening

David Wills

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the common distinction between hearing and listening, with particular emphasis on the question of the priority of either. It asks whether we begin to listen after we have first heard, and if we listen to the extent that we hear, whether we are then assuming that reception (listening) and perception (hearing) coincide to create immediacy. It also explores how hearing and listening relate to technology and goes on to argue that technologization is the key determining event of both hearing and listening. Finally, it suggests that we should think and hear listening as an interruption of pure hearing by prosthesis, citing the figures of the “tending” and “lending” of the ear to show that listening needs to be viewed as an exposure to detachment, substitutability, and ultimately inanimation.

Keywords:   hearing, listening, reception, perception, technology, technologization, prosthesis, detachment, substitutability, inanimation

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