Michael J. Thompson: “Humanism Contra Nihilism: Reclaiming Ethical Life in the Cybernetic Society”
Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St.
212-874-5210 Price: Free, donations welcome
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As our society becomes increasingly dominated by technology, market logics, and commodified culture, what has happened to the ideals of humanism, democracy and equality? Although some see the concept of humanism as looking backward and marked by identity politics and Euro-centrism, I will defend a modern concept of humanism, one that can serve to transvalue our existing values and defend a more humane form of ethical life.
Michael J. Thompson is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science, William Paterson University, and Founding Editor of the quarterly journal Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture. This talk is based on the book he is currently writing, The Disenchantment of the Good: Ethical Life in an Age of Nihilism. (Photo by Ted Eytan via CC 2.0)Buy tickets/get more info now