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The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics

The Lionel Trilling Seminar

dateOctober 20, 2008 timeMonday, 6:15pm EDT location The Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium, Columbia University
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
Headshot of a man with someone else's eyes and mouth roughly pasted over his

Since his first book, The Dialectical Imagination (1973), a pioneering work that introduced the Frankfurt School of Social Research to American readers, Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at The University of California, Berkeley, has been an eminent figure in modern European intellectual history. After a series of monumental works--on totality in Western Marxism, on the "denigration of vision" in modern French thought, and the status of "experience" in Western tradition--to name just three--Professor Jay has now turned his attention to an ethical and historical inquiry into "lying in politics." On hand to explore this fascinating and timely subject are George Kateb of Princeton University, the distinguished and influential political philosopher, and Corey Robin of Brooklyn College, a provocative new voice in political thought.