Swimming against the Stream. A Study in Dissent.
The idea of democracy is often celebrated for its benefits, but there is a darker side to it. Rule by the people can lead to conformity, uniformity, groupthink, populism, and even mob-rule. Dissent is crucial for preserving a diversity of opinions and fresh discourse, yet dissenters are often marginalized and labeled as losers.
Costică Brădăţan critiques today’s institutionalized philosophy and humanities as crippled by conformity and a compulsion to adhere to disciplinary orthodoxies. He aims to explore the philosophical significance of dissent and argue that it is essential for the health of a community’s civic, intellectual, and cultural life.