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The Free Press: Necessary Illusions




Series: Part of the City Law School research seminar series.

This paper claims that the illusion of the free press implies two things. First, the distance existing between the free press as an idea from the actual conditions of the press in capitalist systems. Second, derived from the latter, it implies a lack of correspondence between the world that appears through the press and that same world as it is in itself. Addressing two approaches to the illusion of the free press (the Critique of the Political Economy of the press and the postmodern view) it will be argued that none of them can explain why despite its problems, the press remains a central institution in democratic societies. Based on the Kantian notion of the transcendental idea, the paper will assert that the illusion is an epistemological necessity and thus will argue against justificatory approaches to the press grounded on truth seeking functions.

About the Speaker

Dr. John Charney is a lecturer in the Institute of Political Science at Universidad Católica de Chile and in the Law School at Universidad Diego Portales. He was formerly a visiting tutor at LSE. He obtained a PhD in Law at King's College London and a LLM at LSE. His work critically examines free speech theory in the context of liberal democracies. His research interests include social theory, democratic theory and critical theory.

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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 4th February 2015

D109 Social Sciences Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Dr Enrico Bonadio

Senior Lecturer in Law

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
020 7040 8263

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