Rice University Department of Religion

Ethics, Politics and Society Lecture Series, March 30, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lecture/Lecture Series


Jason Stanley
The Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy

From: Yale University

Fondren Library
Kyle Morrow Room

Lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

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?