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Face aux bouleversements qui secouent le monde et aux nouvelles puissances industrielles telles que la Chine ou l’Inde, l’Europe paraît souvent en perte de vitesse et démunie. Et cela continuera probablement si l’Europe croit devoir concentrer toutes ses forces dans cette concurrence économique entre nations et régions du monde, bien ancrée dans le paradigme industriel… » read more

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Probably not, unfortunately, but at least some serious thinkers are pushing for it, under the terms “happy sobriety”, “voluntary simplicity”, “frugality” or simply wisdom. In Belgium, one can think, among others, of Christian Arnsperger (“Ethique de l’existence post-capitaliste”), Marc Halévy (“Le principe frugalité”), Emeline de Bouver (“Moins de biens, plus de liens”) or Luc Bouckaert… » read more

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I can’t properly give an answer to this question but I do hope I’ll be in a better position to do so within a few months. Indeed, Philosophy & Management, a small association which I have the pleasure to manage with a few friends, will launch on 16/09, in Brussels, “Question Time”, its new cycle… » read more

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Probably not, as this post will hopefully demonstrate. It will provide a few reflections on the differences between Pyrrhon’s skepticism and the instrumental skepticism of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of the best-seller, “The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable”. Don’t expect from this post a review of the book, not even a… » read more

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“Yes” if we stick to Machiavelli’s sixteenth century contemporaries acceptation of the word as “elaborately cunning”; “Not only” if we use the word Machiavellian in its more contemporary acceptation. As Jackieh remarked on a comment to a former entry to this blog (Is Obama a “wise leader”?): “There are several indications that Obama is rather… » read more

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It is too soon to say of course. It is clear however that his worldwide appeal and victory are, at least partly, due to the image of integrity, of moderation and care he successfully projected during the campaign. This more than compensated for the apparent weaknesses and lack of substance in his campaign program. During… » read more

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No, I don’t think so. But to put it crudely, I don’t believe forced “social mixity” alone will lead to “better schools for all”. I rather believe that “better schools for all” will facilitate more “social mixity”. In this entry, a sequel to “Is “magical thinking” only striking Belgian politicians?”, I briefly discuss the title… » read more

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“Burn after reading” is a hilarious movie but also one that makes you think and warns us: We take ourselves way too seriously. We need to be OK with not being perfect, or we’ll end up making a big mess of our lives, just to keep from looking at ourselves in the mirror. Coincidently, “Burn”‘s… » read more

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A tribute to François Vassart and Rudyard Kipligng out of a few reflections on “the world’s most dangerous idea”, Transhumanism In his 2002 book “Our Posthuman Future” and in a 2004 Foreign Policy magazine article, political economist and philosopher Francis Fukuyama designates Transhumanism the “world’s most dangerous idea” because he believes that it may undermine… » read more

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