For Kant, philosophy boiled down to three key questions: “What can I know?”, “What ought I do?”, and “What can I hope for?” In philosophy departments, that third question has largely been neglected at the expense of the first two – even though it is crucial for understanding why anyone might ask them in the first place. In his new book Infinitely Full of Hope, as he prepares to become a father for the first time, the philosopher Tom Whyman attempts to answer Kant’s third question, trying to make sense of it in the context of a world that increasingly seems like it is on the verge of collapse. Whyman will be in conversation with multi-award winning comedian Josie Long.
Tom Whyman is a philosopher and writer who lives in the north east of England. He has taught at a number of UK universities, and is a contributing writer to The Outline. His philosophical interests include Frankfurt School critical theory, German Idealism, Kierkegaard, and contemporary ethical naturalism. Infinitely Full of Hope is published on the date of this event by Repeater Books. patreon.com/TomWhyman / twitter.com/HealthUntoDeath
Josie Long is one of Britain’s best loved comedians. Over her career she has won numerous prestigious awards including Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her show at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Tender, discussed the subject of childbirth and optimism about the future. She also co-founded the charity Arts Emergency (arts-emergency.org) that helps young people flourish in higher education and the cultural industries. josielong.com / twitter.com/JosieLong