This website brings a philosophical perspective to current events and trends. I am a psychotherapist, and I also teach philosophy. I am especially interested in the theory of the subject, and Continental Philosophy.
Philosophy is the activity of free thinking, and it culminates in intensive and more or less systematic self-reflection. It is also a critical examination of knowledge-creation and knowledge systems. How do we synthesize what we know into a view of the world? And how do we make decisions in the complex environments we inhabit?
We are biological creatures, we have bodies, but we live in a world of language, and we think and operate through abstractions. We transcend our physical existence through language, art, science, theology, and philosophy. We continuously attempt to understand the worlds we inhabit, and ultimately, we try to understand ourselves. Consciousness is a process within the concrete context of an individual human existence, and it evolves over time into a refined experience of life, and sometimes even wisdom. Everyone has a destiny, hence my interests in psychoanalysis and existentialism.
Philosophical thinking is a critical tool, and in this sense, it is liberating. The engagement with philosophy frees us from misconceptions and various forms of ideologies. Philosophy clarifies ideas; it subtracts more than it adds, and it removes false beliefs rather than adding more knowledge. Philosophical reflection helps to differentiate between information, knowledge, understanding and shared beliefs. It works with concepts, and it emancipates the subject from being caught up in objectifications and instrumental thinking.
Knowledge itself has become a variable in the dynamics of knowledge-production. Artificial intelligence is entering the mainstream, and it will further revolutionize every aspect of our lives. The flow of history is accelerating. In this period of transformation, the ability to simplify our lives and to adapt to the changes around us is crucial for our well-being. I call this “absorption speed:” how do we assimilate new technologies, social practices, and how do we react to the paradigm shifts occurring around us?
In this situation, the traditional philosophical project is not dead. Instead, we face perennial philosophical questions with a new urgency:
- What are the visions we have for the human future?
- How do we balance humanity with technological progress?
- What is humanity in the first place? What do we mean by “nature,” and how do we relate to the nature around us, as well as to our own nature?
- What kind of creatures do we want to be? What are the values that bring us together and give meaning to our lives?
Philosophy is not just a critical tool; it is also the science of a good life. It includes ethics and political theory: what constitution of society will enable us to have good lives? Philosophers have always explored the relationship between human nature and justice, and today, their voices are more important than ever.
The power of human agency has reached geological dimensions (“Anthropocene“), so how do we pursue peace and justice in the current transformation of humanity, in a way that includes healing for the earth’s ecosystem as well?
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