“Jan Bockelson’s Münster: an early modern communist theocracy” – John GRAY

When he described Bolshevism as a religion rather than ‘an ordinary political movement’, Bertrand Russell hit on a larger truth. Because they shared some of the myths of monotheism, the great modern political experiments have been religious in nature. This can be seen by considering the millenarian movements of early modern times. At the end… Continue lendo “Jan Bockelson’s Münster: an early modern communist theocracy” – John GRAY

“From Nietzsche to Ayn Rand” – John GRAY

Few thinkers were more different than Henry Sidgwick and Friedrich Nietzsche. Sidgwick was unfailingly conscientious in his pursuit of truth, Nietzsche an intellectual adventurer who came to doubt the value of truth. Yet the two converged on a vital point. Once theism is left behind, not only much of religious morality but ‘morality’ itself must… Continue lendo “From Nietzsche to Ayn Rand” – John GRAY

Catecismo Positivista, Nuevo Ateísmo, Pecado Original – John GRAY

Comte expuso los dogmas del nuevo credo en el libro Catecismo positivista (1852). Diseñó unos atuendos especiales, con botones en la espalda para que nadie pudiera ponérselos sin la ayuda de otras personas, pues así se promovería el altruismo (palabra que Comte inventó). Y previó la figura de un Sumo Pontífice de la Humanidad, que… Continue lendo Catecismo Positivista, Nuevo Ateísmo, Pecado Original – John GRAY

“Dos teologías negativas: Baruch Spinoza y Lev Shestov” – John GRAY

No es fácil trazar la línea que separa el ateísmo de la teología negativa. Un ateo que niegue que Dios alguno crease el mundo podría afirmar la existencia de un Dios que está presente en el mundo, que lo impregna, pero del que poco o nada puede decirse en positivo. Convencido de que ese Dios… Continue lendo “Dos teologías negativas: Baruch Spinoza y Lev Shestov” – John GRAY

“Aubade” – Philip LARKIN

Larkin began writing “Aubade” in 1974 but only finished it three years later, after the death of his mother. It was first published in the TLS in 1977. The poem opens just before daybreak to a “soundless dark” in which the speaker is kept from sleep by his existential vulnerability. Despite the promise of dawn, he senses… Continue lendo “Aubade” – Philip LARKIN

“Progress, the moth-eaten musical brocade” – John GRAY

A great American poet, John Ashbery, wrote that tomorrow is easy, but today is uncharted. He put his finger on our real weakness. It is not our ignorance of the future which is incurable. It is our failure to understand the present. Our view of the present time is overlaid with after-images from the recent… Continue lendo “Progress, the moth-eaten musical brocade” – John GRAY

O valor da liberdade – John GRAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrHAvwjLtXc John Nicholas Gray (born 17 April 1948) is an English political philosopher and author with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas. He retired in 2008 as School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and… Continue lendo O valor da liberdade – John GRAY

Deus e os robôs: como a Inteligência artificial pode transformar a religião

Precisamos realmente nos ocupar com a sugestão de que os inventores da inteligência artificial teriam ocupado a posição vacante do Deus criador? Que, por isso, deveriam contar com a rebelião de suas criaturas? Existe um pecado original das máquinas? As máquinas devem crer em seu humano, ou haverá um a-humanismo dos robôs?Peter Sloterdijk, Pós-Deus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5-RsaGGs5U… Continue lendo Deus e os robôs: como a Inteligência artificial pode transformar a religião

Wordsworth, Coleridge and the Poetic Revolution – Jonathan BATE

Jonathan Bate explains why Wordsworth's and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads is one of the greatest and most influential volumes of poetry ever written. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wgVApASNxw A lecture by Professor Sir Jonathan Bate CBE FBA, Professor of Rhetoric (16 October 2018) https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-an… 'The sense of a new style and a new spirit in poetry came over me', wrote… Continue lendo Wordsworth, Coleridge and the Poetic Revolution – Jonathan BATE

Byron and the Age of Sensation – Jonathan BATE

Jonathan Bate explores the life and work of the original celebrity poet Lord Byron. Byron was simultaneously a Romantic and an anti-Romantic. A lecture by Sir Jonathan Bate , Gresham Professor of Rhetoric 11 June 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W7gHiH11qI https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-an... Jonathan Bate will explore the life and work of the original celebrity poet - Lord Byron. He… Continue lendo Byron and the Age of Sensation – Jonathan BATE