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The economic crisis.

The humanitarian crisis.

The environmental crisis.

The National Health Service crisis.

The housing crisis. 

The security crisis. 

The identity crisis.

The refugee crisis…

 

CRISIS is everywhere.  It has become almost ordinary.

 

But there is nothing ordinary about crisis.

Do we accept that crises are the new norm, and that we are to live in a perpetual state of insecurity? That we must now learn to adapt to them, and manage them the best we can? Or do we analyse them individually, and, where necessary, question the use and abuse of our current vocabulary of crisis?

 

PhilosophyX believes in the latter. We believe in CRITIQUE.

 

Critique is the attitude and method that analyses the origins of crisis and the ideological forces behind it. It refuses to see all problems as crises. It is wary of those who speak of ‘breaking points’ and ‘unsustainable levels’ (of immigration, insecurity, debt, etc.) to impose unnecessary and at times dangerous measures (of surveillance, control, austerity, etc.). Instead, critique dissolves false problems, deconstructs problems to reveal the presence of deeper ones, and points to the presence of problems that have been deliberately marginalised.

 

 

Through critique, PhilosophyX turns away from the ‘eternal problems’ of philosophy, and addresses the problems of today. It rejects the idea that Philosophy can understand historical events only retrospectively and from afar.  But it also rejects the thoughtless immediacy that increasingly defines contemporary journalism, and the reality of social media, which is expressed in nanoseconds and 145 characters. It finds a middle ground in the form of PHILOSOPHICAL JOURNALISM.

 

If you are critically minded and ask yourself what philosophy can do for us in a time of crisis, read more about what PhilosophyX is doing now.