Sir John Graham Lecture 2013 | The Illusion of Neutrality
Why maintaining diversity in our public discourse enriches democracy
The public square is not a neutral space. New Zealand’s current climate of pragmatic politics is suffocating our national debate. With the expression of diverse worldviews discouraged, we have an emaciated public discourse, deaf to our deeper convictions.
In this lecture, Dr Jonathan Chaplin confronts the fallacy that political ideas can ever be completely detached from foundational worldviews, cultures or religions. He presents a vision of a dynamic public square in which true diversity is respected, and argues that democracy will be strengthened, not weakened, by openly expressing the deep commitments underlying our political debates.
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