LAHORE: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in collaboration with the French Embassy in Pakistan organized a philosophical conversation entitled “In pursuit of humanity: the affinity in the ideas of Bergson and Dr. Allama Iqbal and their relevance in the 21st century”.
According to a press release, the virtual conference was part of the annual “Nuit des Idées” in France, an international event to celebrate the free flow of ideas and discuss the major issues of our time. More than 100 countries will participate in the 7th Night of Ideas, which will take place throughout the first half of 2022. This year’s theme “(Re)building together” explores the resilience and reconstruction of societies facing unique challenges, solidarity and cooperation between individuals, groups and States, the mobilization of civil society and the challenges of the construction and manufacture of our objects. Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Director of the Institute of African Studies and Professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia University, participated as keynote speaker. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Basit Koshul, associate professor at Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences of LUMS. The two researchers underlined the importance of the ideas of the French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941) and Allama Iqbal (1877-1938) in responding to contemporary challenges in the world such as the global rise of political populism, the polarization between and within countries, or the global environmental crisis. Professor Diagne highlighted the influence the two thinkers had on each other in creating their philosophical theories, particularly around the concepts of individual, time and creative evolution. Driven by the revolutionary developments in scientific thought and the socio-political changes of the early 20th century, Allama Iqbal and Henri Bergson were both rethinking what it means to be human in a non-human environment.