Lecture: From Toleration to Freedom of Expression

This lecture is being put together by De Nieuwe Liefde. You can read the full details from their site.

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Fear of the unknown and ‘the other’ is a major cause for the worldwide increase in Islamophobia, argues Martha Nussbaum, professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. An evening with Nussbaum on the occasion of the release of the Dutch translation of her new book The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age. In her book, Nussbaum analyses a large number of current examples of intolerance towards religious minorities, particularly towards Muslims. What do we need to do to overcome intolerance? Martha Nussbaum will shine her light on this topic during her lecture, an interview and the questions put forward to her by the public.

About the lecturer:

Martha Nussbaum is an American philosopher with a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism, and ethics, including animal rights. She is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in Law, Philosophy, and Divinity. Nussbaum has authored and edited a number of books, including The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Sex and Social Justice (1998, with Juha Sihvola), The Sleep of Reason (2002), Hiding From Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004), Animal Rights (2004, co-editor with Cass Sunstein), and Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006).

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  • Mathijs K.

    Considering Europe's economic state, are the Greeks "Germanophobic"? If so, then surely the solution is simply to teach the Greeks to be more "tolerant", right? Because Germany cannot possibly part of the problem, correct?

    "Fear" is not the cause of "Islamophobia". More reasonably, Islam's rejection of Western civilization (democracy, freedom, equality) is? The European presence of Islam is a historic side-effect of mass low wage immigration i.e. the European middle class looks down on the newly imported Islamic underclass. But the Islamic middle class never migrated to Europe. Instead, mostly lower class Turks and Moroccans came to Europe. The Turkish middle class still lives in Istanbul!

    Members of the European middle class indeed fear to slip back into the lower class. But this is simple class struggle with the added dimension of multiculturalism, but that's got nothing to do with Islamophobia. The fact that millions of moslems live in Europe (we allow them to) proves it.

    May 20, 2013

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