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10 a.m., Saturday, April 2
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA

Political propaganda is as powerful as ever, both in this US election season and in fomenting upheaval abroad. Three leading philosophers converse with Yale University’s Jason Stanley about his new book, How Propaganda Works. When is speech propaganda? What forms can it take? Is it ever acceptable in democracy? How does it affect public debate and decision-making? How does it subordinate groups? A public forum in conjunction with the 2016 meeting of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division.


Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Professor Stanley has published four books, two in epistemology, one in philosophy of language and semantics, and one in social and political philosophy.
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Robert Gooding Williams is M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. His areas of research and teaching interest include Social and Political Philosophy (esp. antiracist critical theory), the History of African-American Political Thought, 19th Century European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), Existentialism, and Aesthetics (including literature and philosophy, representations of race in film, and the literary theory and criticism of African-American literature).
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Ishani Maitra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her main philosophical interests are in philosophy of language (assertion, context-dependence), feminist philosophy (silencing, subordination), and philosophy of law (free speech).
Ishani Maitra
Allen Wood is Ruth Norman Halls Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University. His interests are in the history of modern philosophy, especially Kant and German idealism, and in ethics and social philosophy. Allen Wood is author of many articles and chapters in philosophical journals and anthologies. His next book, Fichte's Ethical Thought, is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

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Rega Wood is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is an occasional political activist and a medievalist whose focus is on metaphysics, the philosophy of science, and ethics. She has published 15 volumes alone or in collaboration with others.
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