A Defence of ExtremismDavid Coady (University of Tasmania)
C2.05 Burwood Campus
Deakin Burwood Campus
Title: A Defence of Extremism
Abstract: Extremism is widely held to be a bad thing. Conventional wisdom holds that there is a growing problem of political extremism. There is now a large body of literature in psychology, social science, and philosophy , addressing the causes of this so-called problem, and suggesting ways to solve it. I argue that all of this is misguided. The bien pensant view, which pervades our political culture, according to which the term ‘extremist’ refers to something objectionable, is not only mistaken; it is also extremely harmful, since it directs our attention away from what should matter – the content of people’s beliefs, rather than their position on a spectrum of social acceptability.
Meeting ID: 827 7960 9509
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