An Age of Bad Faith

Nexus Lecture Michael Ignatieff

In 1966, Nicola Chiaromonte wrote that we live in an age of bad faith. We cling desperately to convictions such as liberalism, not because we believe in freedom unconditionally, but because we lack real convictions. Michael Ignatieff recognizes that we live in a time of egomania and nihilism, but argues that the true liberal can replace bad faith with good faith: faith in human progress.