Abstract: In my book On Waiting (Routledge 2008), I claim that waiting is an essential condition for ethical and aesthetic insight. In the concluding pages, I mention my talks on Bucknell's admissions day, in which I suggest that waiting is therefore an integral part of a liberal arts education. Because such an education necessitates a temporary suspension of economic and utilitarian purposes, it affords the student a critical distance from our culture of immediate gratification. (The Dean of Columbia's medical school also uses the book to train physicians.) What has value, in other words, must be waited for; indeed, value itself may be a function of waiting.
Professor of English
"A Philosophy of Waiting"
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