"The working class and the employing class have nothing in common." –IWW Preamble, 1905
The Western invention of the idea of race in the 17th century, at the beginning of the Enlightenment, was not merely a degradation of the peoples of color to whom it was applied. Such a degradation had to be preceded, and accompanied, by a comparable degradation of the view of man within Western culture itself.
It is not often recognized that, prior to the 17th and 18th centuries, the period which Western history calls the Enlightenment, the concept of race did not exist.
«Dans le mouvement de Böhme à Bacon, il y a un grand pas en avant dans la précision et un aussi grand pas en arrière dans la sensibilité.» G.F.W. Hegel, Leçons sur l’histoire de la philosophie La gauche occidentale actuelle défend rarement avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme les Lumières. Et pour cause: leur héritage social est en […]
However unpalatable it may be to do so in the contemporary climate, where the Enlightenment project is everywhere under attack by Nietzscheans, “cultural studies” ideologues, Christian, Jewish and Muslim fundamentalists, Foucaultians, Afrocentrists and (most) ecologists, it is necessary to discuss the limits of the Enlightenment in order to defend it, and to go beyond it.
Aims to question the currently existing lines between “culture” and “nature,” and to posit a possible unitary theory encompassing both.