Does Knowledge Have a Sell by Date?

Naomi Klein’s controversial book and subsequent film adaptation, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014 and 2015 respectively), was meant to give a new take on the issue of the relationship between the current dominant economic model and the price our planet has to pay for its success. To many of its critics the book/film only rehash well-trodden arguments and offer unrealistic or downright silly solutions, their damning verdict is that in fact the book and film do not ...

Philosophy and Solitude (2)

The Enlightenment was an international movement which was made possible thanks to the numerous links and bonds established throughout Europe by a new generation of thinkers united against state despotism and church intolerance. Among them, Rousseau appeared like a dissident as he willingly chose to retreat from public life after his quarrel with his philosopher friends. This semi-voluntary solitude inspired his most intense works as he undertook to analyse and depict his inner nature away from the critical eyes of ...

Global Enlightenment

The eighteenth –century Democratic Enlightenment was made possible by the removal of traditional paradigms such as the supreme authority of the Church in matters of religion and the divine right of kings in political matters. This original phase culminated in the American and French revolutions. The nineteenth-century Liberal Enlightenment was driven by thinkers such as Tocqueville, Bentham and J.S Mill. Marx was, in his own way, part of this intellectual movement of emancipation tragically ‘hijacked’ by European imperial ...

global enlightenment

Global Enlightenment The eighteenth –century Democratic Enlightenment was made possible by the removal of traditional paradigms such as the supreme authority of the Church in matters of religion and the divine right of kings in political matters. This original phase culminated in the American and French revolutions. The nineteenth-century Liberal Enlightenment was driven by thinkers such as Tocqueville, Bentham and J.S Mill. Marx was, in his own way, part of this intellectual movement of emancipation tragically ‘hijacked’ by European ...