"Cancel Culture" – The end of enlightenment? A plea for independent thinking

27 November 2023, 19:00
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Julian Nida-Rümelin
Forming part of the series "Zur Sache ..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Julian Nida-Rümelin | © Diane von Schoen – Cancel Culture (cover) | © Piper

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Julian Nida-Rümelin | © Diane von Schoen – Cancel Culture (cover) | © Piper

Series "Zur Sache ..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

About the event

Where does tolerance end, where does cancel culture begin?

Democracy is facing an increasing number of threats: The election success of right-wing, populist parties in Sweden and Italy, the erosion of the constitutional state in Hungary and Poland, the conflicts with autocratic systems evidence this, as does the loss of democratic civil culture. Cancel culture has become part of a practice that is posing a growing risk to democracy. It is all the more important to defend humanism and enlightenment against intolerance, ignorance, agitation and refusal of discourse and to strengthen political judgement. This book makes a pointed contribution to this from a philosophical perspective.

Moderation: Dr. Johan Schloemann (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

In cooperation with the Piper Verlag

Personal data

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Julian Nida-Rümelin is one of Germany’s most renowned philosophers. He taught philosophy and political theory in Tübingen, Göttingen, Berlin and Munich and as a visiting professor in the USA, Italy and China. He was cultural secretary within the first red-green government coalition. He is a founding director of the Humanistische Hochschule in Berlin, the vice chairman of the German Ethics Council and a director of the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation.

About the series

"Zur Sache ..." / "To the point ..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek, is a series of events jointly organised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Munich publishing houses, with the kind support of the Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the book trader Lehmkuhl.

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Date27 November 2023, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek
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