Recent failures and new tasks for emancipatory politics in the age of cynical modernity

Thomas Wallgren (Diretor do von Wright & Wittgenstein Archives | Universidade de Helsínquia)

3 de junho de 2015, 11h30

Sala 1, CES-Coimbra


O seminário abordará os seguintes tópicos:

1. Fossile capitalism prevails: some notes on recent failures of emancipatory politics in Europe, South Asia and South America
2. A polycentric philosophy of modernity as analytical framework
- A new interpretation of the ecological crisis: the fundamental tension not between affluence and ecological limits but between affluence and freedom.
- Our challenge: cynical modernity
3. Why we have failed, some controversial observations:
- too early optimism about democratic globalisation;
- underestimation of the democratic and moral rationale for glocalisation;
- the question of technology overlooked, the question of economy given too much space.
- lures of left identity politics.
4. - the mistakes and shortcomings of the European left are not endemic to Europe. (Recent dynamics of state-movement relation in Bolivia and India.)
5. Looking ahead: Podemos? Syriza: the inevitable failure in this round. How to prepare for the next round? The difficult and necessary solidarity between glocalisers and the old left..


Nota biográfica

Thomas Wallgren is Senior lecturer of philosoph , Director of the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki , Former chair of NIGD, secretary of "VK" (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - also a part of WSF IC). He is interested in the dialectics of enlightenment.

Thomas Wallgren was active in the Koijärvi environmental movement in the 1980s, and opposed Finnish membership of the European Union. In 2008, he was elected to the Helsinki City Council as a Social Democrat. In 2012, he was reelected.

Among his works are:  “Transformative Philosophy. Socrates, Wittgenstein, and the democratic spirit of philosophy", Lexington Books, 2006; "Challenge of philosophy: Beyond contemplation and critical theory", 1996, "Commonality and particularity in ethics", edited with Lilli Alanen and Sara Heinämaa, Macmillan, 1997.

Atividade no âmbito do projeto ALICE - Espelhos estranhos, lições imprevistas: definindo para a Europa um novo modo de partilhar as experiências do mundo