The Tyranny of Freedom

  • Date: Sunday 24 May 2009
  • Time: 14:30

When we owe allegiance to nothing, and no-one, and everything is expendable in the pursuit of an ill-defined notion of happiness, is our “freedom” doing us more harm than good?

Standing in for Professor Bauman, I will be giving a paper entitled “The Tyranny of Freedom” at this year’s Hay Philosophy and Music Festival “How the Light Gets In” on Sunday 24 May at 2.30pm.

The theme for the day is “Crunch!: Values and Belief in a New Era” and I have been invited to offer my reflections on Bauman’s analysis of our contemporary ‘liquid modern’ consumer society.

Given the relevance of this to my own current research, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to discuss these ideas both with the Hay public and other invited guests at this session, amongst them Will Hutton, Fabienne Peter, Eamonn Butler, Phillip Blond, and David Goodhart.

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