Arquivo para October 13th, 2022

The Civilization Crisis and Thought

13 Oct

It is not a propitious time for thought, said Peter Sloterdijk, in other words Edgar Morin asked for a revolution in thought through education, what is observed are increasingly dogmatic currents (different from orthodox) in duel, without a understand or argue in terms of the universe of the other.

The outline of this crisis has its origins in the inability to move forward, the proposed models show signs of exhaustion, the media and common sense appeal to superficial arguments, without a clear reference and sometimes appealing, this has reached the social body and politics.

They blame the new media, they are just vehicles of thought, their cognitive basis is in education and in what is digested in people’s daily lives, and since the beginning of the last century it was already showing signs of exhaustion, not a few serious thinkers comment on this, from Nietzsche to Freud, through conservative writers on the right and left, because both returned to their origins.

There is a social crisis, no doubt, but it exists due to the absence of consistent responses that mobilize everyone, thinking is segmented, the great models and theories have failed and the sign of this is its radicalization to irrational levels, and the horizon of war emerges.

In A well-made head, a book by Edgar Morin, he states that the reform of thought would allow the full use of intelligence to respond to these challenges and a link between cultures that are dissociated, it is not a programmatic reform, but a paradigmatic one, that is, with regard to our ability to organize knowledge.

Putting everything together, exercising a transdisciplinary approach, as described in the opening remarks of Arrábida’s letter (Morin, Barsarab Nicolescu and Lima de Freitas subscribed to it): “Considering that the contemporary rupture between an increasingly cumulative knowledge and an increasingly impoverished leads to the rise of a new obscurantism, whose consequences, at the individual and social level, are incalculable.” (Feitas, Nicolescu, Morin, 1994).

This letter establishes a new ethics: “Transdisciplinary ethics rejects any attitude that rejects dialogue and discussion, whatever their origin – ideological, scientific, religious, economic, political, philosophical” (Freitass, Nicolescu, Morin, 1994).

Freitas, Lima; Morin, Edgar; Nicolescu, Basarab . (1994) Carta da Transdisciplinaridade de Arrábida, Portugal Convento de Arrábida.