Running like a leitmotif through Peter Roberts’ recently published
philosophico-educational writings there is a humanistic thread, which
this article picks out. In order to ascertain the quality of this humanism,
Roberts is positioned in relation to a pair of extant humanisms: radical and
integral. Points of comparability and contrast are identified in several of the
writer’s genre-crossing essays. These texts, it is argued, rectify deficiencies
in how the two humanisms envision alternatives to capitalism. Roberts
skilfully teases out the non-obvious futurological implications of the work
of a diverse array of authors, spanning the boundaries of philosophy, social
criticism, and literature. In so doing, he underscores the intimate connection
between personal self-transformation and ideal-driven social transformation.
Further, Roberts challenges humanists of both radical and integral stripes to
reconsider the moral grounds of their critique of capitalism.