Adventures in philosophical activism
I have always been sensitive to issues of ethics and justice related to power and vulnerability. Power over people and nature, either in social, political or economic form, is never morally justifiable. It is always exerted by individuals or groups driven by self-interest, either by directly enforcing it on the vulnerable (such as in dictatorship, sweatshops, problematic cultural traditions or the exploitation of nature), or by making use of social systems and tools vulnerable in themselves for misuse driven by self-interest (being our systems of democracy, research, education and the market and the various applications of science and technology). My philosophical work and activism starts from critical analysis but essentially looks at new methods and social forms of co-existence that cannot be hijacked by power-and-profit addicts and that, at the same time, can unlock, stimulate and use the social intelligence, ethical sense and creativity that is present in all of us.
The New Humanism Project is the place where it all starts and comes together again, and you may want to read an intro to it here. Check also this dry factual bio if you want to know more about how, where and with whom in the world I engage in philosophical activism today.
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