The suppression of open debate: The case of Christopher Hitchens

Cottee, Simon and Cushman, Thomas (2008) The suppression of open debate: The case of Christopher Hitchens. Society, 45 (5). pp. 397-402. ISSN 0147-2011. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-008-9123-3) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The book, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left, published in June 2008 by New York University Press, is a collection of Hitchens’s most incisive and controversial writings on the “war on terror”, the war in Iraq, and the Left, and includes a selection of his quarrels with some of his former comrades. What follows is a cautionary tale about the perils of trying to foster political self-reflection and self-critique among those who consider their political affiliation to be on the Left, and the readiness of its self-appointed guardians to thwart open debate among intellectuals. It is a tale of the cultural reach and power of, to paraphrase Karl Popper, the enemies of the open society, and their tenacious attempts to influence the form and content of public discourse.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Hitchens, Jihadist terrorism, Left
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2013 11:35 UTC
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 13:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36262 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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