Jason Reza Jorjani, PhD, is a philosopher and author of Prometheus and Atlas, World State of Emergency, Lovers of Sophia, Novel Folklore: The Blind Owl of Sadegh Hedayat, and Iranian Leviathan: A Monumental History of Mithra’s Abode.
Here he reviews the history of philosophical arguments relating to either the necessity or appropriateness of truth distortions. The discussion includes the thoughts of Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, William James, and Leo Strauss. Jorjani defends the application of the noble lie in some circumstances, and points out how it has been despicably abused in others. The conversation concludes with a pointed review of Jorjani’s own involvement with the Iranian renaissance movement and the alt-right.
Many viewers will know that Jason Reza Jorjani has suffered from libel and persecution as a result of his, generally misunderstood, political views. In my view, he is a brilliant scholar who has now been unfairly disgraced and is forced to fight a legal battle, while continuing his research and writing, without any regular employment. Therefore I have set up this “Go Fund Me” page in order to assist this worthy individual. Please visit
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(Recorded on January 10, 2020)
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Published on February 13, 2020