Music and metaphysics: HowTheLightGetsIn 2015

How The Light Gets In (named, aptly, in honour of a Leonard Cohen song) has taken the festival world by storm with its yearly celebration of philosophy and music. We spoke to founder and festival
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HowTheLightGetsIn (named, aptly, in honour of a Leonard Cohen song) has taken the festival world by storm with its yearly celebration of philosophy and music. We spoke to founder and festival organiser Hilary Lawson, who is a full-time philosopher, Director of the Institute of Art and Ideas, and someone with lots to say about keepings things equal and organising a great party. How did the festival first get started? So, the HowTheLightGetsIn (HTLGI) festival has been running for 6 years now. I’d like to say that there was some grand idea behind it but I’m afraid there wasn’t. As a philosopher I’d had experience of how the academy works and I was aware that culturally speaking philosophy was a joke, more associated with the ‘Monty Python philosopher’s football match’ than serious scholarship. The reason that the academy had walled itself in such a way was that it seemed to be engaged exclusively in a technical conversation about the meaning of words which had no real bearing on. . .

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