Samuel Moyn: Liberalism Against Itself
Samuel Moyn | Jessica Whyte
Fear of a nuclear apocalypse, despot leaders and a world at war – how did the sharpest minds of the Cold War leave such a legacy of fear? Samuel Moyn’s Liberalism Against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times takes aim at liberalism, portraying it as a failed creed marred by a paranoia of communism.
Known for his challenging perspectives and boasting a cult following on the left, the Yale Professor explores the transformation of Cold War liberals who, in his view, traded the Enlightenment's moral core for a fixation on individual liberty. Join this compelling conversation, when UNSW political philosopher Jessica Whyte and Samuel Moyn dissect why today’s liberals provide only pessimism, instead of vision.
This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Australian Human Rights Institute, and supported by Adelaide Writers’ Week.
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Samuel Moyn is Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and History at Yale University. His most recent book is Liberalism against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times with Yale University Press, based on the Carlyle Lectures in the History of Political Thought at the University of Oxford in early 2022. Before this, he spent a decade writing some books about the history of international law and human rights, such as The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History and Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War.
Jessica Whyte is Scientia Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNSW Sydney, with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Law. Her work integrates political philosophy, intellectual history, and political economy to analyse contemporary forms of sovereignty, human rights, humanitarianism, and militarism. Jessica’s work has been published in a range of fora including Contemporary Political Theory; Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development; Law and Critique; Political Theory; and South Atlantic Quarterly. She is the author of two monographs, Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben, and The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism.