Tag: The Enlightenment

  • The Uses of Philosophy

    By Daniel A. Kaufman ___ [1] We need to distinguish between philosophy and what people have called philosophy. Physics is not philosophy and neither is biology, yet once, they — and the rest of the natural sciences — went under the name “natural philosophy.”  [2] I would identify philosophy with a set of tools and techniques,…

  • Whose Racism? Which Enlightenment?

    By Kevin Currie-Knight ___ Like so much else, the Enlightenment seems to be a flash point in the contemporary culture wars. Some, like Douglas Murray and Stephen Pinker, suggest that we are moving too far away from “enlightenment values” like liberty, equality, and the idea of a universal human nature (to which they oppose the…

  • Life of a philosophy youtuber … and postmodernism

    by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ In this wide ranging discussion, Kevin talks with YouTuber Lewis Waller, of the philosophy/history YouTube channel Then and Now (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkS_…​). They talk about YouTube as a venue for intellectual content, how and why Lewis does what he does with his channel, how Postmodernism influences his (and Kevin’s) intellectual approach, and more.…

  • The Healing of Philosophy

    by John Clark Philosophy is in decline. You hear it all the time. The evidence is regularly trotted out: fewer graduates; no jobs; no prospects; a lack of interest from the culture, etc. It’s become a tedious verity. But hold on, how can that be? The oracle of the humanities cast out of public discourse,…

  • Postmodernism as Truth in Advertising

    by Kevin Currie-Knight __ Does postmodernism spell the death of reason? If you have been caught up in some recent online discussions of it, you’d think so. Postmodernism, its critics (often of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web) say, poses an existential threat to reason, a bedrock value of “the West.” An article on how French…