Books by Coen Simon & Frank Meester

  • New Light

    Coen Simon & Frank Meester

    | Philosophy


    The public debate has changed dramatically with the advent of social media, and for the most part it is not getting any more balanced. For Frank Meester and Coen Simon, the twitterisation of debate was the main reason to launch the NEW LIGHT series of philosophical pamphlets.

    In NEW LIGHT, they combine the age-old tradition of thought with the new thinking of our current time. They present the sharpest contemporary thinkers with a question from a now-classic text by philosophers and thinkers such as De Beauvoir, Huizinga, Bourdieu, Camus, Freud, Rousseau, Smith and Aristotle. Each essay offers an equally original and passionate assessment of the present day and is accompanied by an excerpt from the classic text and an introduction by Frank Meester and Coen Simon.

    The thinkers of NEW LIGHT
    Katrien Gottlieb, Pieter van den Blink, Ewald Engelen, Arnon Grunberg, Femke Halsema, Bas Heijne, Myrthe Hilkens, Eva Rovers, Daan Roovers and many more.

    Previously appeared in the NEW LIGHT series
    Ill at Ease: New Light on Civilised Man by Bas Heijne
    Today’s culture seems geared towards immediate individual gratification. Has this caused us to lose our sense of reality? With Sigmund Freud in mind, Heijne sheds a shocking new light on the interplay of our desires.

    The Medium Kills the Message: New Light on Journalism, Media and Ratings by Pieter van den Blink
    Information is ever more instantly available and often remains so; social media influences the public debate; entertainment plays a role in the revenue model of journalistic media. What does this mean? How has the journalistic message changed as a result?

    The Myth of the Made Woman: New Light on Feminism by Ewald Engelen
    Is a new feminism emerging or is the term being used to describe a very different set of social power relations? A power struggle between women themselves, for example? In The Second Sex (1949) Simone de Beauvoir wrote that women are made, not born. Engelen shows how women make each other under the guise of feminism.

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