Call for Abstracts: The Philosophy of Propaganda

A Workshop with Jason Stanley

November 3rd, 2015, Vienna, Institut für Wissenschaft und Kunst (IWK)

Philosophers like to think of themselves as the opposite of propagandists: we ‘argue’, propagandists ‘manipulate’. But propagandists practice what philosophers theorise; in propaganda, many of the philosopher’s interests overlap: political theory, epistemology, philosophy of language, aesthetics, and social ontology. Jason Stanley’s recent work on propaganda stresses its philosophical significance, as well as presenting us with a model for how ‘theoretical’ philosophy can be brought to bear on urgent and contested political questions. We invite the submission of abstracts of up to 250 words on philosophical treatments of propaganda that engage with Stanley’s work. We are particularly interested in the relationship of propaganda and political theory (What is the relationship between propaganda, democracy, and ideology? Can propaganda be properly understood using the standard methodology of political theorists?), propaganda and the philosophy of language (What does propaganda mean for the semantics/pragmatics distinction? What is the relation between propaganda and hate speech?) and propaganda and epistemology (Can propaganda be a source of knowledge? If knowledge is socially situated, how might propaganda alter one’s social situation?)

We invite abstracts of not more than 250 words. Please prepare your abstract for anonymous review and submit it by the 1st of September, 2015, via EasyChair at:

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Program Committee

Rachel Fraser
Daniel James
Odin Kroeger