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

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Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

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