Should We Be Thinking About "Grand Ideas"?

Have you ever tried to bring up a philosophical "big idea" at a party and had those around you, glasses largely full, politely excuse themselves for another drink? People who think about grand theories are, many times, relegated to the same class as conspiracy theorists or astrologists: amusing but not those who should be taken seriously.

LOGO_iai-black_40x373Have you ever tried to bring up a philosophical "big idea" at a party and had those around you, glasses largely full, politely excuse themselves for another drink? People who think about grand theories are, many times, relegated to the same class as conspiracy theorists or astrologists: amusing but not those who should be taken seriously. Our friends at IAI put together a panel to discuss the relevance of big idea theorizing and the relevance such philosophizing has on the broader intellectual framework in which we operate. From their website: "Our culture and philosophy is sceptical of grand theories and big ideas, which we think best left to Parisian taxi drivers.  But aren't grand theories unavoidable? Would it not be better to explore and embrace big ideas rather than pretend they have been banished?  Or is this the route to dangerous nonsense?"

The Panel: Historian of ideas Hannah Dawson, philosopher and Closure theorist Hilary Dawson, and Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought Robert Eaglestone are thinking big.

Would it not be better to explore and embrace big ideas Check out the video below!

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