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Samuel Moyn: Liberalism Against Itself

Where
University of New South Wales
University of New South Wales
High Street, Kensington NSW 2052
Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington
When

Tuesday 5 March from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Fear of a nuclear apocalypse, despot leaders and a world at war – how did the sharpest minds of the Cold War leave such a legacy of fear?

Samuel Moyn’s Liberalism Against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times takes aim at liberalism, portraying it as a failed creed marred by a paranoia of communism.

Known for his challenging perspectives and boasting a cult following on the left, the Yale Professor explores the transformation of Cold War liberals who, in his view, traded the Enlightenment's moral core for a fixation on individual liberty. Join this compelling conversation, when UNSW political philosopher Jessica Whyte and Samuel Moyn dissect why today’s liberals provide only pessimism, instead of vision.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and the Australian Human Rights Institute, and supported by Adelaide Writers’ Week.

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