Monday, July 25, 2016

Brad DeLong — What Thinkers Will Define Our Future?

Brad DeLong cuts to the chase and asks some key questions that involve updating the enduring issue of social and political thought, first raised in the West by the ancient Greeks, and then the subject of much of the Western intellectual tradition:  What does it mean to live a good life in a good society and what does this involve contemporaneously in light of lessons learned historically, present conditions, and future opportunities and challenges?

Another question is what non-Western traditions have thought about this. This is important as the world shrinks and different culture influence each other. One tradition trying to impose its methods, history and ideas on other will inevitably meet with resistance.

Finally, is there some overarching paradigm that allows for the peaceful resolution of different points of view and the testing of different alternatives.

Grasping Reality
What Thinkers Will Define Our Future?: No Longer Fresh at Project Syndicate
Brad DeLong | Professor of Economics, UCAL Berkeley


Roger Erickson said...

He'll have to wait until each segment of the future redefines "thinking"

Bob said...

Those "thinkers" who have the best interests of those in power.