Replay Event: On Freedom Now

In the midst of the cultural revolution currently unfolding, hardly a week goes by in the media without a ferocious debate on cancel culture or an inflamed defense of freedom. In their latest publication, French author Laure Murat (Qui annule quoi ? Seuil) and American philosopher and memoirist Maggie Nelson (Freedom, Four Songs of Care and Constraint/ De la liberté. Quatre chants sur le soin et la contrainte, éditions du sous-sol, trans. Violaine Huisman) articulate the meanings and complexity of these catch-all terms, analyze the context in which they are used, and invite us to think collectively through the knots in our culture.

While Laure Murat investigates a selection of “public cancellations” and questions the dynamic of power at work behind each one, Maggie Nelson draws on a vast range of material–from critical theory to pop culture to the intimacies and plain exchanges of daily life–and explores ongoing “practices of freedom” by which we negotiate our interrelation with others.

At a time when public debates are excessively polarized, listen to Murat and Nelson as they debate these questions and might offer some guidance as to how to think about them and to accept difference and conflict as integral to our communion.

Qui annule quoi? by Laure Murat:…

On Freedom by Maggie Nelson:…



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