On Modernity Part 5: Nietzsche vs Rousseaunian Politics

Nietzsche’s critique of Cartesian subjectivity sets the stage for a critique of the kind of Enlightened politics that this subjectivity makes possible. Nietzsche articulates this political critique as an attack on Rousseau. Rousseau’s politics assumes that individual Cartesian subjects who exist peacefully and harmoniously in the state of nature will eventually join together via a social contract. His thought contains …

On Modernity Part 3: Nietzsche vs Descartes/Science

In the previous video we discussed how Descartes undertook the project to create a new method, the method of doubt we encountered in the Discourses and Meditations. This method in turn yielded Descartes first principal; ego cogito ergo sum – I think therefore I am. Upon this principal, Descartes proceeds to build up an argument demonstrating the possibility of knowledge …

On Modernity Part 2: Descartes’ Reinvention of Man

Descartes’ desire to be a wizard led him to become the father of modern philosophy and the reinvention of man. We examine the effect of nominalism on the thoughts of Descartes and his question for wizardry.