Dark is the Best Thing the Future Can Be: A Philosophical Archaeology of Hope
null, Paul C. Taylor (Pennsylvania State University)

March 21, 2023, 9:00am - 11:00am

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University of California, Davis
KU Leuven
Universität Leipzig


Tuesday, March 21st - 9am PST (Los Angeles), 12pm EDT (Boston), 5pm CET (Berlin)

Abstract:  Early in World War I, Virginia Woolf wrote these words: “The future is dark, which is on the whole, the best thing the future can be….” It is tempting to assume that darkness simply hides the unknown and the threatening. It is more challenging to think of it as Woolf did: rich with possibility in even the most desperate times. As Howard Thurman put it, the darkness may be luminous. We live in what many would readily describe as dark times. These times have brought (among much else) a once-in-a-century public health crisis, the continued redemption of toxic white supremacy and autocratic leadership, declining trust in and support for public institutions, and growing evidence of impending climate devastation. What luminous possibilities await in this gloom? “Dark Futures” will consider some scenes of devastation that define our desperate times, and mine them for insights into our predicaments and our prospects.

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