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Utopianism and Political Irrationality

Utopianism and Political Irrationality
15 Devonshire Place, Larkin Building, Room 200
Time: Sep 13th, 12:30 pm End: Sep 13th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Ethics, 2000-
Talk by Aaron Ancell

The Centre for Ethics presents:

Utopianism and Political Irrationality

Common ideas about how democracy should work require that people be informed and rational. Yet empirical studies of political beliefs and voting behaviour show that, at least when it comes to politics, people tend to be ignorant and irrational. To what extent must we adjust our ideas about how democracy should work in order to account for these facts? Many prominent philosophers argue that the problem is people, not our ideas about democracy, and that we simply need to work harder to be informed and rational. I argue that these philosophers underestimate the problem by ignoring the social and psychological mechanisms that underly much political ignorance and irrationality.

Aaron Ancell
Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics
Centre for Ethics

University of Toronto

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at 416 946-6288

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