Leaving our earthly bodies and living forever as a machine isn’t just a thing of modern science fiction. These transhumanist ideas date back to the 18th century.
In this influential novel, two Persians travel to Paris and report their bemusement at its customs. Questions such as the dilemmas of tolerance and the social nature of our identities are explored.
A gem of restrained outrage, Voltaire’s novella speaks powerfully to us in this time of pandemics, floods, conspiracy theories and growing incivility.
In his work, many heard freedom as espoused by contemporary Enlightenment philosophers, like Immanuel Kant.
Is magic all about spells and hocus pocus, or is it simply another way of looking at how the universe works?