24 jan 2019
Openbare lezing van Prof. Michael Ignatieff

Open Societies and the Ordinary Virtues


Venue: Statenzaal, Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

The key values of open societies –democracy, rule of law, justice, tolerance, respect for knowledge– are increasingly under threat in Europe and across the globe. Constitutional democracies are rarely abolished overnight: much more often, democratic decline is incremental, and targets courts, media, independent institutions and ngo’s, and, most clearly in the case of Hungary, (some) universities. The challenges to the key values call for a reconsideration of these very values: what are their main achievements and failures? What are their prospects? And what is the role of academics in protecting and upholding them?