Philosophy Talk: James Baldwin and Social Justice | KALW

Philosophy Talk: James Baldwin and Social Justice

Jul 31, 2020

Celebrate Baldwin's birthday on August 2 by questioning how truth and love could be harnessed to create a more just society.

Sometimes, we struggle to tell the truth -- especially when it's the truth about ourselves. Why did James Baldwin, a prominent Civil Rights-era intellectual and novelist, believe that telling the truth about ourselves is not only difficult but can also be dangerous? How can truth deeply unsettle our assumptions about ourselves and our relations to others? And why did Baldwin think that this abstract concept of truth could play a concrete role in social justice? The Philosophers seek their own truth with Christopher Freeburg from the University of Illinois, author of Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life. Sunday 8/02 at 11 am and Tuesday 8/04 at 6 pm.