Existential Tuesday | Can We Put The Needs of Non-Humans First?

Are humans too selfish to prevent ecological collapse?

Many if not most humans are having a hard enough time getting by in this world. Still, the way modern people live, collectively, puts even more pressure on the rest of the ecosystem – and without an ecosystem, humans are collectively f*cked. So there’s two questions I want to discuss today: ethically speaking, should we put the ecosystem before the economic system, or fix humanity’s problems first? and psychologically speaking, can we? Do you think we have the capacity to change our mindset enough to not only save the environment but ourselves?

Join us for a little chat about human nature, (bio)politics, and the consequences of posthumanism.

(p.s. the image was generated with NightCafe, and yes that bear has a few too many toes)


Existential Tuesdays are small bi-weekly discussions in the Nook of the TUD Library. Practice your critical thinking skills, learn to see the world from different perspectives, and hang out with your fellow deep thinkers in Delft.

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Check out SG’s related events this quarter on the theme: Posthumanism

According to posthumanism, animals, plants, and objects have rights. Humans are merely part of a greater network in which all things are essentially equal. This requires looking at the world in an entirely different way. Is this the solution to all major crises in the Anthropocene? In this series, through talks, discussions, and art, we’ll explore the consequences of adapting a posthuman worldview. 

 This theme is part of the series For Love of the World, in which we explore alternative stories and forgotten knowledge that can (re)connect us to our world. 

Existential Tuesday: Do we really need hierarchies?                              | Jan 9th                | @ The Nook
Book Club: Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher                                           | Jan 10th             | @ The Nook
SG Café Filosofie | Posthumanisme: de mens in de bijrol                     |  Feb 5th              | @ Theater de Veste
Art exhibition                                                                                                                  | Jan 18th-           | @ The Nook
Existential Tuesday: Can we put the needs of nonhumans first?      | Feb 20th            | @ The Nook
Existential Tuesday: What is the Earth really thinking?                         | March 5th         | @ The Nook
Existential Tuesday: Is everything somehow alive?                                  | March 19           | @ The Nook
Book Club: Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher                                            | March 20th       | @ The Nook

SG Festival For Love of the World                                                                          | March 23rd       | @ Theater de Veste

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