Hopefully you’ve recovered since New Year’s Eve. From Saturday, January 27 at 7pm until Sunday, January 28 at 7am, the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza will be overtaken with thinkers for the 2018 Night of Philosophy and Ideas (Nuit de la Philosophie et des Idées).
Organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Brooklyn Public Library, this free annual event will bring together philosophers, authors and thinkers of all kinds. In front of an audience of night owls wandering from room to room, they will give unusual and unique talks on various themes. Fifty years after the student and worker demonstrations of May 1968, the theme of the night will be collective action and its impact on daily life.
Dozens of philosophers are expected to attend, including several French philosophers (Cynthia Fleury, Julia Cagé, Raphaël Liogier, Geneviève Fraisse, Jean-Louis Fabiani, and more). Talks include “the question of consent,” “radical compassion,” and “life and death of the public space,” to name a few.
Attendees should not expect to just listen to great philosophical debates. Workshops, screenings, and various shows will help the curious stay awake. Featured musicians include the Women’s March Resistance Revival Chorus, and the National Sawdust. A full schedule will be posted soon, and updates are posted on the night’s Facebook page.