How Propaganda Works: Public Lecture by Jason Stanley

About the Talk: How do we know when we face a democratic crisis? To some degree, new technologies may pose democratic crises. But propaganda has also classically been taken to be a cause of democratic crisis, independently of the medium. In Book VIII of The Republic, Plato argues that democracy’s freedoms will inevitably lead to tyranny. Whether democracy is stable in the face of the potency of demagoguery is one of western philosophy’s foundational questions. What is demagogic propaganda, and what lessons can we learn from philosophy and history about its dangers? How do new technologies bear upon a classical problem?

About the Speaker:  Jason Stanley is Jacob Urowsky Professor in Philosophy and Linguistics at Yale University, and previously a distinguished professor of philosophy at Rutgers University.  He is the author of four books. His first book, Knowledge and Practical Interests, won the American Philosophical Association’s Book Prize for 2007. His most recent book, How Propaganda Works (Princeton, 2015) was on political propaganda, a topic he has been writing on for the New York Times Stone blog and other venues since 2011.  Click here for a review by Michiko Kakutani.

When: April 27, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Where:  Buchanan A201, 1866 Main Mall, UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, BC
Parking: Rose Garden Parkade – 5955-5975 NW Marine Drive
RSVP:  Online
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-A reception will follow the lecture-