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On Being Progressive

Forum for European Philosophy dialogue

Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Maurice Fraser, Polly Toynbee
Chair: Dr Kristina Musholt

‘Progressive’ is a slippery term. Right (i.e. Left) - thinking people use it with casual abandon, to confer moral approval on a set of values which they regard as uncontroversial. But on close examination the meaning of the term appears contingent, historically-specific and eminently contestable. Who is to say what is ‘progressive’? Is it time to rescue it from political correctness? And can the Right lay at least as compelling a claim to it as the Left?

Maurice Fraser is senior fellow in European politics in the European Institute at LSE.

Polly Toynbee is a British journalist and writer, and has been a columnist for The Guardian since 1998.

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