Can Ethics Survive in an Age of Public Opinion?


“These conditions in which public life is increasingly driven by angry, uncivil rivals with incompatible views about what is good, true and right are best – it seems to me – described as ‘hyper-pluralistic’. It’s no longer simply that we have a plurality of competing points of view or moral judgements… but we, more than that, lack a kind of moral vernacular, we lack a shared-language through which the arduous process of public debate is taken out. In other words, it’s the Tower of Babel.”

In this presentation entitled “The Kingdom of Popular Soul: Can Ethics Survive in an Age of Public Opinion?”, Scott Stephens speaks on the rise of the press and the public, and the problems which have arisen alongside in political and social discourse.


This presentation was part of The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies’ 2015 Colloquium on the theme “Ideas Dangerous to Atheism”, hosted in Hobart, Australia.

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