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 ...

Why Global Ethics Matters

Among the eight possible choices of the Philosophy optional themes, it seems that the one focusing on  People, Nations and Cultures best encapsulates the very spirit of the IB Diploma.  Since every Higher Level  Philosophy candidate has to choose two themes from the eight on the syllabus, why not combine Theories and Problems of Ethics with topical issues such as the impact of globalization on traditional cultures or the future role of international institutions in an ever-changing  world. Global ethics ...