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Stephen Holmes: It May be Paradoxical but it’s Still Not True

Friday, Jul 1, 2022, 4:30 PM

Stephen Holmes

New York

It May be Paradoxical but it’s Still Not True

How did the weight of lived experience and the buoyant spirit of Enlightenment combust into Améry’s witty defense of “banality” against those who seem to mock it from some elusive place high above human life?

Stephen Holmes
is Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law. He previously taught at Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago. His fields of specialization include the history of liberalism, the disappointments of democratization after communism, and the difficulty of combating terrorism within the limits of liberal constitutionalism. He is the author of Benjamin Constant and the Making of Modern Liberalism (1984), The Anatomy of Antiliberalism (1993), Passions and Constraint. On the Theory of Liberal Democracy (1995), and The Matador’s Cape. America’s Reckless Response to Terror (2007). He is co-author of The Cost of Rights. Why Liberty Depends on Taxes (with Cass Sunstein, 1999) and of The Beginning of Politics. Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel (with Moshe Halbertal, 2017) as well as The Light That Failed. A Reckoning (with Ivan Krastev, 2019), and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism (with András Sajó and Renáta Uitz, 2022).

The event will be held in English