Free Speech and Parrhesia

Not too long ago, my attention was brought to this article in the Atlantic magazine, which discusses current debates in the United States (and to a lesser degree, in other Western nations) over the right of controversial and indeed widely offensive speakers to speak at major universities. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/two-concepts-of-freedom-of-speech/546791/ In the article, the writer traces the... Continue Reading →

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Some food for thought from Demosthenes

At a time when "Alternative facts" has become a new buzzword, and politicians and media in many countries seem comfortable telling provable falsehoods, I am reminded of this passage from a speech by the Greek orator Demosthenes: οὐδὲν γὰρ ἔσθ᾽ ὅ τι μεῖζον ἂν ὑμᾶς ἀδικήσειέ τις ἢ ψευδῆ λέγων. οἷς γάρ ἐστ᾽ ἐν λόγοις... Continue Reading →

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