Departure Points

Every journey starts from a context and is rooted in an intention. This chapter introduces the departure points of both Philips, the organization that was the “landing point” of my professional contribution and my personal situation. The twin-path journey was deeply influenced by some fundamental sociopolitical disruptions that humanity witnessed at the end of the 20th century.

1.1 The End of Modernity

The term “modernity” is used by many different expert groups in a broad variety of contexts: philosophy, art, history, politics, and so forth. In the context of this book, I use it to capture a “world view” that is rooted in the scientific thinking that had emerged especially in Western Europe since the late 16th century ...

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