Endurance Award

Over the past few days, I read Speculum de l’autre femme by Luce Irigaray, in its entirety, in French. It was by turns satisfying and despair-inducing. The last time I pulled off an endurance test like this was last spring, when I read Pannenberg’s Anthropology in Theological Perspective (in English) in a similar amount of time. (The only other “big book” I remember within the last couple years is Küng’s On Being a Christian, which incidentally was totally not worth it.)

Perhaps we could all use the comments to this thread to share the reading achievements we are most proud of.

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14 Responses to “Endurance Award”

  1. Brad Johnson Says:

    During a work-study job when I was in graduate school, I electronically scanned every page of every volume of Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology, typed in all the Greek, Hebrew & Latin (as the scanner could not read it very well), and formatted it for online publication — complete with self-taught Java functionality. I would provide a link, but I was recently told that the webmaster was asked to remove it. My work was in vain, on so many levels.

  2. esienkowski Says:

    I suspect that this isn’t quite as impressive as I think it is, but I went on a Heidegger binge this summer (before my freshman year of college) and read the entirety of Being and Time, Ontology – the Hermeneutics of Facticity and The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic in the course of about a month and a half.
    I also gave his untranslated habilitationshcrift a rather half-assed shot, but gave up pretty quickly.

  3. Dominic Says:

    IT’s read all of the Critiques, which I still find hugely impressive. I was pretty pleased with myself when I finished Being and Event, reading it on the train to and from work each morning – it’s not that huge or impossible to get through just taken as a text, but I made myself pay serious attention to the maths, and learned a huge amount in the process. If I ever finish the Topos theory book I’ve been struggling with, well, that really will be an achievement.

    I was dismayed to discover during my first term at Oxford that the reading list they’d sent me at the start of the preceding summer holiday wasn’t actually a practical joke and I really was expected to have read all the books in it. I read more intensively during those eight weeks than I think I ever have before or since. At one point I had to get through The Mill On The Floss in about three days. The worst by far was Jude the Obscure – swallow that in one gulp, and you really are asking for digestive troubles.

  4. Adam Says:

    I read Jude the Obscure at too young an age, and it has had terrible effects on my life.

    I keep waiting for someone to claim to have read Glas.

  5. Dominic Says:

    I keep waiting for someone to claim to have read Glas.

    I certainly haven’t. I’ve even got my own copy; but I’ve never read more than a few pages into it…

  6. Adam Says:

    I use my copy as a coffee-table book.

  7. Mikhail Emelianov Says:

    would it be uncool – in light of the above comments :-) – to admit that i really like Glas? i don’t think it is that difficult, or maybe i just don’t get the point of it and just enjoy the format or telling everyone that i like it…

  8. Dominic Says:

    My fundamental problem with Glas is one of never having read a word of Hegel. Or ever being likely to, to be honest.

  9. Mikhail Emelianov Says:

    maybe this is the best way to approach the task at hand? many a reader of Glas never read a word of Genet, especially, i think those coming from a philosophical section of the readers, but that doesn’t necessarily prevent one from enjoy Glas – plus i have a sense that Hegel is read much less than it would appear from a quick look at the present philosophical fashions, don’t you think?

  10. Daniel Says:

    Glas was the first work of Derrida’s I tried to read. I’d heard it was mostly about Hegel, so I figured I might as well start there. I mean, I knew Hegel a lot better than Heidegger/Sausurre/Freud/whoever, and Derrida didn’t appear to have written anything much on the first Critique. So I figured: Start with his Hegel book.

    I think I got to page three before giving up. The puns were grating on me. I guess they’re probably better if you know French.

    As far as accomplishments go: I made it through Philosophical Investigations in a week. That was pretty much all I got done in that week. I’m a fairly slow reader.

    Also, I caught all 496 pokemon in “Pokemon Pearl” in under a month.

  11. Daniel Says:

    Edit: 493. Not 496. Bulbasaur through Arceus.

  12. Alex Says:

    If I get through Augustine’s City of God, then I will chalk this up to the endurance award.

  13. Thomas Bridges Says:

    I wrote my 116 page MA thesis in 3 weeks, back in March (this included much of the research involved). But maybe that just means I am a procrastinator. Suck….

    …[the dots are me actually thinking, contemplating how arrogant I will come across for saying what is next] but I passed the defense ‘with distinction,’ so I must not suck too bad.

  14. Drew Says:

    Critique of Pure Reason. So poorly written really.


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