I’m talking about persuasion and politics in The Age of Consent on BBC Radio 4 tonight at 8pm. If we think the authority of our governments depends in some sense on our consent, then what do we make of the manufacture of consent on the part of spin doctors and producers of fake news? Was the US election really ‘free and fair’ if the voters were influenced by propaganda? Is Brexit really the will of the British people if half truths swung the vote? I have no idea, but it’s worth thinking about how democracy might be under new sorts of pressure as our powers of persuasion grow.
Category Archives: talks/events
I just found this, a link to a talk I gave in Nijmegen about persuasion and politics.
Here’s an interview on The Hidden Persuasion Industry with Roger Dooley on his Brainfluence Podcast. There’s some interesting back and forth about the ethics of influence and persuasion in the marketplace.
I’m talking about persuasion at the Brainwash Festival this weekend at The Hague. Details here.
Here’s an excerpt from The One Show, with me getting flatted by my old pal and fellow jiu jitsu instructor Mary Petty — I’m the bad cop. There are two nice throws at the end, so it’s worth wading through the beard commentary.
I take up as many good objections to the idea that philosophy doesn’t matter (it’s dead, it’s without content, its subject matter has been taken over by science, it makes no progress, etc) and then sift through what I think are the best replies. I think some of the objections really do hit home.
In the end, I’m a pluralist about why philosophy matters — I think it matters in a number of different ways, some cosmic, some not. I don’t think it always matters — a great deal depends on the person who reads and thinks about it. The same bit of Aristotle might not matter at all to you the first time you read it, but when you have a real live philosophical problem on your hands, finding an ally in Aristotle can matter a very great deal to you.