#TEAE (The Eras And Epochs, November 19, 2017):
Can you be a revolutionary? Might concrete events have causes, but not history? What drives the world? Does history develop (or progress?) in stages? Is the end there at the beginning? Are we moving from ‘less free’ to ‘more free’? Are eras and epochs merely intellectual constructs, & always retrospective? Does human mind create different visions of the same era? How did human wants increase for the formulaic economic human to emerge? What role did trade play? Is creative technology an in-born element of life? Why isn’t there progress for ever? Is each epoch about an understanding of Being? Is future an embryo in the womb of the past? Are we merely articulators of what is emerging? Are humans themselves a resource now? What separates eras? Are there ‘natural’ breaks; or universal periods? Are there gaps in memory or history? Can personal whims and thoughts create history? Do epochs always grow, mature and then fade away? Are transitions driven by a distress or might it result from aleatory play? Are great civilizations always great economies? Is the creator also the destroyer? Is the technology era only beginning? When will the Owl of Minerva fly again? Can ‘only a god’ save us? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from philosophy (Dr. Siby K. George, IIT Bombay, Mumbai), & economics (Prof. Soumitra Sharma, Juraj Dobila University of Pula, Pula, Croatia).
SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TEAE show.
Dr. Siby K. George (philosophy) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai. His area of interest is contemporary continental philosophy, especially Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida and Foucault. He also researches on social, political and moral questions concerning contemporary life & issues, and the philosophy & ethics of development. He has a B.A. (Hons) in History from the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong and a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Madras, Chennai. For his Ph.D. in 2002 from NEHU, he had submitted his doctoral dissertation on Heidegger’s existential ethics of authenticity. He initially worked as Coordinator of the UNFPA supported Population and Development Education project of the Government of India at the State Resource Centre, NEHU, and then as Lecturer of Philosophy at the Humanities Department of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar. From a phenomenological vantage, Dr. George’s research engages with themes such as subjectivity and agency, pain and dying, development and technology, and political ethics, focusing specifically on non-western / Indian contexts. His interest in the epochal understanding of history arises from the notion of the ruptures and discontinuities rather than the Hegelian dialectical fulfillment of history as seen in the writings of Heidegger and Foucault, originating from Nietzsche’s musings on the theme. Dr. George is author of ‘Heidegger and Development in the Global South’ (Springer, 2015) and co-editor of ‘Cultural Ontology of the Self in Pain’ (Springer, 2016). He is also a lifetime member of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi, & Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai. He was awarded the Faculty Mobility Programme Fellowship of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in 2010, & the Junior Research Fellowship by the ICPR in 2000.
Prof. Soumitra Sharma (economics) is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Tourism, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia. He completed his B.A. & M.A. in economics from University of Agra. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Zagreb in 1967 & also obtained a non-degree specialization in political science from London School of Economics (1962). Prof. Sharma taught economics at Zagreb University from 1964 to 2002, where he also served as the Pro-dean (1986-1988 & 1996-2000) and Dean of the Faculty (2000-2002). Prof. Sharma started his professional career in India where he served as a lecturer in economics at the universities of Agra and Punjab (1960-1963). He has frequently lectured as a guest/exchange professor at various universities in the US (Berkeley, Princeton, & Columbia (1986)), Europe, Japan (Niigata, Chiba, Kyoto, & Fukuoka (1989)), China (Beijing, Shanghai & Jinan (1988)) and Australia. Economics University Vienna (2003). He has written and edited over 20 books and numerous scholarly and popular articles including: ‘Economic Development and World Debt’ (Macmillan, 1988), Growth & External Debt Management (Macmillan, 1989), Development Policy (St. Martin Press, 1992), Macroeconomic Management (St. Martin Press, 1995), Restructuring in Eastern Europe: Microeconomics of Transition Process (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, Lyme, 1997), Reflections on the Philosophical Foundations of Economics (Mikrorad, 2010), & Economics in an Awkward Corner (University of Pula, 2015). Currently he is Senior Editor of the Journal of Philosophical Economics and Social Sciences. In the past, he has also co-edited the Asian Journal of Economics and Social Studies (1976-90) and was the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Zagreb International Review of Economics and Business (1998-2006). He received the ‘Life Time Achievement Award for Scientific Work in Social Sciences’ (2015) by the Parliament of Croatia.
Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.
#TEAE mentions: Shakespeare, G. W. F. Hegel, David Hume, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, & Yuval Noah Harari, among others.