Download Koyre's essay here: The Political Function of the Modern Lie : (extracts):
The initiated, the members of the elite, by virtue of a kind of intuitive and direct perception are aware of the profound innermost thoughts of the leader, know the true secret aims of the movement. And so they are not troubled a whit by the contradictions & inconsistencies in their chief's public utterances: they know that these have only one object: to deceive the crowd, the enemy, the "others," and they adulate the leader who manipulates and practices the lie with such skill. As for the others those who believe they evince by their belief that they are insensible to contradictions, impervious to doubt, incapable of thought. Koyré: The Political Function of the Modern Lie, (p 298-9)
we live in times of rising sensitivity among publics to lying and that, in consequence, some old and vitally important perennial questions to do with lies and truth and power and the role of journalism in a democracy are making a comeback. Inspired by a recent range of global controversies, for instance to do with weapons of mass destruction, WikiLeaks and climate change, pseudology is suddenly fashionable and commentaries on the subject of lying are flourishing. It has become conventional to quote the work of Plato on noble lies, or Kant‟s discussion of whether it is justified to save the life of a friend by telling a lie (he didn‟t approve of that), or more usually to draw upon the writings of Hannah Arendt stimulated by the publication of the Pentagon Papers.
But it was the Russian-born philosopher and historian of science Alexandre Koyré who was the first contemporary writer to pose new questions about the activity of lying: to ponder its changing historical significance and to emphasise the potentially catastrophic consequences of political lying in the age of media-saturated democracy.1 His treatment was not only careful, sophisticated and unsettling. Its strengths and its weaknesses should ensure that it retains great relevance today.. - John Keane, Keynote lecture at the Journalism Education Association of Australia Conference, Sydney, 2010). Download the lecture: John Keane - lying journalism and democracy
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