Not a long time ago, someone proclaimed the end of theory and the beginning of masive data era. Considering the hyper-reality we are living in, that assertion seemed plausible to describe our saturated times. But there is a huge obstacle there: those words were born amidst the chaotic changes of our contemporary society. Economical and political structures were facing a crisis. Therefore, if Theory was dead, how could we, as citizens of liberal democracies and as agents in a late-capitalism age, be capable of making a relevant impact in the heart of our communities?
Affirming a statement like “theory is dead” ends up, ironically, hidding a theoretical agenda, where only praxis is recognised, and it is oblivious to the real effect that theory has over reality, the one we can solely perceive through our human veil.
Every branch of theory, from physics to philosophy, is now forced to follow the path of utility. Of course, this utility has to be measurable and efficient towards its ends. Continue reading