The (Un)Enlightenment and What it Means to be Modern

None at Living Room

Wed, Jun 19 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Join historian Lev Moscow as we challenge our modern notions of progress, history, and human nature through the provocative lens of philosopher, John Gray.


Our ideas about progress, history, and human nature often have their roots in the Enlightenment. The British political philosopher John Gray offers a unique way to understand the major events of our time and the role that Enlightenment thinkers, from Locke to the Positivists, have played in our assumptions about the world.

Gray presents a nuanced challenge to our expectations about the linear nature of history and Utopian dreams that's well-worth examining. In this Olio, we will explore Gray's ideas through a discussion about terrorism, Marx, neo-liberalism, Pax Americana, and what it means to be human.

*This Olio will take place in a Bed Stuy apartment. Address will be given upon RSVP*

Teacher: Lev Moscow
Venue: Living Room
Add to Calendar June 19, 20197:30 p.m. June 19, 2019 America/New_York Think Olio | The (Un)Enlightenment and What it Means to be Modern Join historian Lev Moscow as we challenge our modern notions of progress, history, and human nature through the provocative lens of philosopher, John Gray. None

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