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May 12th, 2020

From the vaults: Reason and Rhetoric

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

May 12th, 2020

From the vaults: Reason and Rhetoric

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

John Crace/ Catarina Dutilh Novaes/ William Outhwaite/ Jo Phillips

 


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Even in so-called mature democracies, political discussion often turns ugly. Recently we have seen accusations of deception and name-calling in the Brexit debate, of negative campaigning in the last London mayoral election, and of unrestrained personal attacks in US politics. Does such behaviour fall short of an ethical standard for public discussion, or is it an essential feature of political life? Our panel of political philosophers, argumentation theorists, and political commentators debate this question.

 

Speakers
John Crace
Journalist, Critic, & Satirist, The Guardian
Catarina Dutilh Novaes
Professor of Theoretical Philosophy & Rosalind Franklin Fellow, University of Groningen
William Outhwaite
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University
Jo Phillips
Journalist, Author, and former spin doctor

Chair
Peter Dennis
Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 10 October 2016 at the LSE

 

 

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