Professor Dr. Martin Jay
(University of California, Berkeley)
“The Truth about Lying in Politics”
June 7, 2016; 4 pm (16 Uhr c.t.)
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
The persistent and ubiquitous presence of hypocrisy, spin and even outright mendacity in political life requires more than moral disapproval. Instead, it is necessary to examine its multiple functions and perhaps even virtues, which will depend in turn on an analysis of what politics itself might mean in its various manifestations. By exploring competing definitions of “the political” and the permeability of its boundaries with what is alleged to be outside them, this talk will try to move beyond conventional deontological or consequentialist considerations of lying in politics.
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