The way we experience, investigate and interact with reality changes drastically in the course of history. Do such changes occur gradually, or can we pinpoint radical turns, besides periods of relative stability? Building on Oswald Spengler, we zoom in on three styles in particular, namely Apollonian, Magian and Faustian thinking, guided by grounding ideas which can be summarised as follows: "Act in accordance with nature", "Prepare yourself for the imminent dawn" and "Existence equals will to power". Finally, we reach the present. How to characterise the new era we entered around the year 2000?
Hub Zwart is professor of philosophy of science and dean of Erasmus School of Philosophy in Rotterdam. His research develops a philosophical (dialectical) perspective on contemporary technoscience within the broader context of contemporary culture.