New Radical Enlightenment

New Radical Enlightenment:Philosophy for a Common World

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A NEW PHILOSOPHY OF EMANCIPATION IN A COMMON WORLD

Philosophy was born out of discussion, out of the rivalry between world views. From the philosophical ferment of the Enlightenment arose the idea of emancipation, a conflictual perspective which Marina Garcés would have us rethink. New Radical Enlightenment lays out the need for critical dissent as a new beginning for the humanities in apocalyptic times. The productive dissent she envisions is established on the inclusion of multiple perspectives attending to common problems.

Our societies are faced with the urgency of combating dogmatism in all its forms. Fundamentalism, authoritarianism, and the struggle of the rich against the poor are returning. We also see dogmatic ways of dealing with science, data, and technology emerging. In the face of this, unfinished philosophy is a bid to make thought exciting once again. It is not a question of nurturing sterile theories. Today’s young people need powerful tools for a critical imagination. Leaping out of historicism, the new radical enlightenment arrives to address anew the central problems of contemporary philosophy and place them in a planetary, postcolonial, and feminist framework: a philosophy for a common world.

Reviews

  • What remains of the human subject in an age when reason is carried out by and through information machines and technologies of calculation? Who will set the boundaries that distinguish between the calculable and the incalculable? What will it take to turn instruments of calculation into instruments of liberation? This wonderfully readable book is also a work of profound scholarship by one of the most powerful thinkers working today.

    Achille Mbembe, author of Brutalism (Duke University Press, 2024)
  • What is redeemable from the Enlightenment? Garcés argues that is a question that remains unanswered: she puts forward the idea of composition between knowledge and emancipation. So, radicalizing the enlightenment (in dialogue with those who tried to do the same with modernity) implies the confrontation of the colonial project, which bound knowledge with domination and exploitation.

    Verónica Gago, author of Feminist International
  • In her thought-provoking essay, Garcés launches a radical critique of our “enlightened illiteracy”. This is what an enlightened radicalism is about: to redefine the notion of emancipation in the sense of a collective struggle for liveable lives.

    Stephan Lessenich, director, Institute of Social Research, Frankfurt