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A morning with Lea Ypi

What Does Being Free Mean?

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The political philosopher, Lea Ypi, author of Free: Coming of Age at the End of History (in Spanish, Libre. El desafío de crecer en el fin de la historia, Anagrama, 2023) offers her account of the fall of communism and her thoughts on freedom.

Just thirty years ago, the fall of the Eastern European communist regimes not only brought about unprecedented social and economic changes, but it also meant the dismantling of a worldview that had been nurtured for decades or, in other words, the total destruction of a system of values and beliefs. Lea Ypi was eleven years old when her country, Albania, began its transition from communism to a liberal democratic system. The certainties that she had thus far lived with melted into air almost from one day to the next, and she gradually began to understand the fragility and ambivalence of notions like freedom, truth, and progress. In this session, Ypi shares her experience of the “end of history”, while also questioning the communist idea of freedom as well as considering the promises of justice and equality that liberal democracy did not keep in her country.

The session has a pedagogical dossier (in Catalan) that will be sent to the registered groups so that the students can work on the contents beforehand in the classroom and thus make the most out of the lecture.

Moderators: Miquel Missé

Participants: Lea Ypi

This activity is part of Talks for secondary students

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A morning with Lea Ypi

What Does Being Free Mean?

The political philosopher Lea Ypi was eleven years old when her country, Albania, began its transition from communism to a liberal democratic system. In this session, Ypi shares her experience, while also questioning the communist idea of freedom as well as considering the promises of justice ...

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