According to Max Weber, the modern world is a lonely and bureaucratic one where the connections between meaning, knowledge and truth, of how we live and think and feel, have been torn apart. There is nothing underwriting our lives according
One of the things that has happened in modernity is that people have learned much more about themselves. Freud brought the idea of hidden thoughts and desires into the public realm. The idea that there are mysterious and secret facets
Soren Kierkegaard was a nineteenth century philosopher who is often considered as one of the key philosophers wrestling with the beginning of modernity. Modernity brings huge challenges to traditional ways of thinking and living. Religion, morality, a universe that embodies our human values are all ideas that are deeply challenged by modernity and Kierkegaard was a thinker profoundly engaged in wrestling with these challenges. Today issues of science vs religion, different cultures with different values, competing systems of the good life, politics and so on are all part of the global world and so Kierkegaard’s thoughts remain of interest and relevance.
We’re living through a very interesting time in terms of politics. The idea of democracy and ideas about what counts as truth and the good life are all being contested. Plato was an early Greek philosopher who asked searching questions about these ideas.
Jacques Derrida (July 15, 1930 – October 9, 2004) was a French philosopher, born in Algeria. Derrida is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction, which he discussed in numerous texts, and developed in the context of phenomenology. He is one of the major figures associated with post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy.