55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia
01 Jun - 24 Nov 2013
18 Oct 2013 7:00 PM
Salon Suisse – History and Contemporaneity

The Forgotten Radicalism, Panel discussion with Philipp Blom and Jörg Scheller from Sandi Paucic on Vimeo.

Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
Campo S.Agnese-Dorsoduro 810
I-30123 Venezia
T +39 041 24 11 810

When we think of the philosophy of the 18th century, we mostly think of Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. However, there was a more complex and more radical tradition of Enlightenment which has faded into the background of historiography and discourse. In his much discussed book A Wicked Company. The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment (2010), Philipp Blom brings the challenging and uncompromising ideas of less prominent thinkers such as Denis Diderot, Paul Thiry d'Holbach or Jean Meslier back to light. Blom argues that Enlightenment stopped halfway and has to be continued by today's and future generations. How this could be achieved will be the topic of tonight's salon.