The MWS Podcast 122: Bernardo Sorj on Humanism without Hubris

Our guest today is Bernardo Sorj. Bernardo is a Brazilian social scientist, retired professor of Sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is Director of The Edelstein Center for Social Research and of the Plataforma Democrática Project. He has published 30 books and more than 100 articles, on Latin American political development, international relations, the social impact of new technologies, social theory and Judaism and in 2005 was elected Brazil’s Man of Ideas. He’s here to talk to us about ‘Humanism without Hubris’.

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About Barry Daniel

I live in the Lake District in the UK where I run a guesthouse with my partner Kate and my cat Manuel. I enjoy painting, hillwalking, reading, visiting and entertaining friends, T’ai Chi and playing the guitar. I’m engaged to a certain degree in the local community, as a volunteer with Samaritans and I’m a fairly active member of the local Green party. I’ve had a relatively intuitive sense of the Middle Way most of my adult life but it found a greater articulation and a practical direction through joining the society. It’s also been interesting and great fun engaging with other people with a similar outlook. My main contribution to the society is conducting the podcast interviews, something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and that I’ve learnt a lot from.

One thought on “The MWS Podcast 122: Bernardo Sorj on Humanism without Hubris

  1. Thank you for this, Bernardo and Barry. It never ceases to amaze me how many different routes there are to arriving independently at the Middle Way. A Brazilian Jewish sociologist has no obvious connection to the kind of Anglophone Secular-Buddhist roots that happen to have provided the cultural starting point for the society, and yet here he is with such converging insights, emerging simply from reflective human experience! Sometimes I get discouraged, and wonder if I’m too attached to trying to impose my own ways of thinking in some way: but to hear an interview like this boosts my confidence that the Middle Way can be approached from a huge variety of standpoints and yet still offer an integrative path for all.

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