Maxwell’s defense of revolution, or how academia can help transform and save the world


  • Nader N. Chokr University of Oslo



Education, Philosophy, Science, Wisdom, Inquiry, Academic Revolution Global Problems


Review of Maxwell, N. (2014) Global philosophy: What philosophy ought to be? Exeter, UK: Imprint-Academic, Societas – Essays in Political & Cultural Criticism. (Pb, pp.192. ISBN 9781845407674).

In his recent book, Nicholas Maxwell revisits for the most part ideas, arguments, and positions he has been defending quite forcefully for the past 40 years or so. These include his conceptions of what philosophy ought to be, about the nature of science and its progress-making features, how to best construe empiricism and rationality, his take on the history and philosophy of science, on philosophy and the history of philosophy, the nature of (academic) inquiry, and finally, his position about the role of education and the university more generally in view of his rather pessimistic yet compellingly realistic diagnosis of the problems and challenges confronting our world at this point in our history.


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Biografia do Autor

Nader N. Chokr, University of Oslo

Nader N. Chokr is a Professor of Philosophy & Social Sciences, who has taught and lectured for over 30 years at various institutions around the world – in the US, Europe, Africa, and more recently in Asia (China). His most recent books include: Unlearning, or how not to be governed? (2009) and ‘Philosophy’- After the end of philosophy: In a globalizing and glocalizing world (2014). He currently resides in Oslo, Norway, where he has been working on a project titled Untimely Fragments & Aphorisms for the New Millennium.


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Chokr, N. N. (2016). Maxwell’s defense of revolution, or how academia can help transform and save the world. Aufklärung: Journal of Philosophy, 3(1), p.175–186.