Philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation.
Alain Badiou, President of The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS)
Socrates said at his trial, which as immortalized in Plato’s dialogue,The Apology: “Be sure that if you kill the sort of man I say I am, you will not harm me more than yourselves.» The one who speaks inconvenient truths to power is often targeted, repressed, materially or personally damaged even to the point, as Socrates was, of death. The business of truth-telling is a dangerous one to be sure, and we must keep this crucial point in mind, which was part of the very birth of the Academy itself. And make no mistake about it, this same tension remains inextricably bound-up in academic research in our time.
This explains why the Academy was founded…
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