Monday 07 May 2018, 18:30 - 20:00

Can Liberalism Survive in a World of Fake News?

Stephen Holmes

Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

The distinction between truth and falsehood, an essential pillar of classical liberalism, has recently been seriously eroded in the U.S. as the partisan slogan of “fake news” has been used to discredit honest reporting and to distract attention from shameless presidential mendacity. This lecture will focus on the newest and most eye-catching forms of political lying, which are based on a denial of the political relevance of the very distinction between truth and falsehood.

Stephen Holmes is the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University, and an expert on the evolution of liberalism and antiliberalism in Europe. He has written extensively on the history of political thought, democratic and constitutional theory, state building in post-Communist Russia, and the war on terror, and is the author of The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes (1998), The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror (2007), and The Beginning of Politics (2017).


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