Philosophy Research Seminar - Professor Ken Gemes (Birkbeck)
4 April 2019, 2.00 PM - 4 April 2019, 3.30 PM
Professor Ken Gemes, Birkbeck College
G2, Cotham House
Nihilism, Trump, and Brexit
The paper focuses on the following claims:
- Man is an animal that seeks meaning rather than happiness.
- Narratives are the primary means of conferring meaning.
- Religious narratives no longer grip many of us and liberal democrat narratives no longer serve to ground meaning.
- The failure to provide meaning conferring narratives paves the way, for radical, popularist, nationalist narratives that promise both meaning and material benefits.