The distinction between Enlightenment projects and genealogical projects is made in Alasdair MacIntyre (1990), Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry, passim, and summarised in Roger Lundin (1993), The Culture of Interpretation, chapter 1. “Genealogy” comes from Friedrich Nietzsche (1887), On the Genealogy of Morality, in which Nietzsche sets out to trace the sources and history of what he took to be the flawed, deformed morality and culture of the late nineteenth century, whose values he saw as little more than a disguise for power struggles, malice, hate and resentment. MacIntyre argues that the Enlightenment’s displacement of all values other than reason itself produced a culture without defensible premises, exposing it to the attack which in due course matured from Nietzsche’s critique to the extreme assault mounted by Martin Heidegger, who saw Western culture as nothing: the world is haunted by absence, by Nothingness, the thing that noths.

David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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