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Hosted by political philosopher and Vanderbilt University professor Robert Talisse, Why We Argue is an interview podcast that brings in academics, philosophers, historians, journalists, politicians, and other notable public figures to think about the nature of truth in a time of viral misinformation. Created by Future of Truth, a project of the University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute and funded by the University of Connecticut, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Vanderbilt University.

Jun 1, 2021

Cornel West is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor at Union Theological Seminary. Professor West is among the nation’s most distinguished philosophers. For several decades running, Cornel West has infused into public life reflections on love, justice, grace, liberation, beauty, dignity, and truth.  He can be followed on Twitter at @CornelWest

In this episode, we discuss the democratic need for social criticism, and the risk that social critique could foster cynicism and disillusionment.