Philosophy: Oral or Written Medium?

Graham Harman has a comment on interviews (vis-a-vis Foucault), since I can’t really navigate his blog very successfully to find the original comments he is commenting on, I am referring to the latest post:

Namely, when I read those Foucault interviews fairly early in graduate school, I thought: “good grief, how can these people speak so brilliantly and articulately on the fly like that?” The answer is: they can’t. These are not like television interviews. They’re edited and touched up later.

I don’t have a problem with that. With politicians we need real-time, spontaneous interviews because we want to hear them think on their feet, not release some canned document from their p.r. office.

But with philosophers, I don’t think there would be much point in an off-the-cuff, real-time interview. The answers wouldn’t be especially interesting. Continue reading