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Episode 008

​​This Is the Way the World Ends:​ Kierkegaard and the Crisis of Our Present Age


In this video we raise the question of whether or not our present age is in a state of crisis. In order to do this, we employ the lens of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and his reflections from the work "Two Ages." Our argument is that our Western culture has indeed fallen into a certain form of crisis that is tied to the loss of a shared ideal towards which we passionately strive together in unity. The result of the loss of ideality and passion is that we turn inward in conflict with one another. In response, we suggest fostering a new ideal, namely that of radical civility.