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Philosophy
Dean of Humanities

Speaker: Jason Stanley
The Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy
Yale University

Ethics, Politics and Society Lecture Series

Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:00 PM  to 9:00 PM

Kyle Morrow Room  Fondren Library
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Abstract: In Book VIII of The Republic, Plato argues that democracy's freedoms will inevitably lead to tyranny. Specifically, the freedom of speech will lead to the rise of someone who divides the citizens into his supporters and the enemy, about whom he will raise terrible fear, portraying himself as their protector. 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?

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