Past and Present With Jill Lepore: The Politics of Death

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, is our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The Karen Ann Quinlan right-to-die case of 1975.


Jill Lepore

Comments [4]

Kadir Uzun from london/england

Deconstructive epistemology means; analysing and showing te universal pragmatistics of x and y as universaly stated the origin and the development of accquired characteristics.

Because, those charactheristics and, their working order is inhuman and unhuman.

Therefore, deconstructive epistemology is to show the problem of universal pragmatistics how they work, and instead of scientific knowledge, why human beings are conflicting, fighting each other with metaphysical (ontological/theological/teleological) ideolojies, their beliefs and ethical values
If one acknowledges and have the awareness of inhuman and un human construction, as a member of human being; then it is time time have human conscious, rather than man kind.

Because my idea of deconstruct the man kind construction sto reach the level of being human, by acknowledging non inhumane and non unhumane thinking, behaviour and systemazing as man kind and not as human being.

May. 14 2011 12:54 AM
Louis from Bayside

Fascinating observation that without an accepted religious authority, epistemological arguments are making their way into American politics.

Also I think the common usage of Hitler as as an analog is a sign of how destructive anger is in our public discourse. Anger views its subject as intrinsically bad and Hitler feels like a safe example of someone intrinsically bad, hence the comparison. Once we view someone as intrinsically bad where can we go from there? That is why despite all the politeness and swapping of platitudes our politics are going nowhere.

May. 12 2011 05:15 PM
david from ditmas park

Great guest!!

May. 12 2011 11:00 AM
Ken from Little Neck

Godwin's Law isn't just for internet forums. If an argument goes on long enough, someone will eventually be compared to Hitler.

May. 12 2011 10:58 AM

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