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The claim of reason
Ruth Sheldon

publicity. I arrived early and found a seat, struck by the visual politics as audience members, marked by keffiyehs, kippahs, hijabs and clothes emblazoned with institutional affiliations and political slogans, took their places. They sat in raised chairs encircling the invited speakers, like spectators at a boxing match. There was a buzz of collective anticipation in the air as the NUS president introduced the meeting and the room fell silent. As the debate unfolded, the tone quickly became confrontational, the atmosphere tense. Audience contributions were forcefully

in Tragic encounters and ordinary ethics