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.



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