Propaganda, Inequality, and Epistemic Movement



Published 16-11-2016
Gaile Pohlhaus


I analyze Jason Stanley's model for how propaganda works, paying close attention to Stanley's own rhetoric.  I argue that Stanley's language be supplemented with a vocabulary that helps us to attend to what sorts of things move democratic knowers (epistemically speaking), what sorts of things do not, and why.   In addition, I argue that the reasonableness necessary for considering the views of others within democratic deliberation ought to be understood, not as an empathic, but as an interactive capacity.  Finally, I critique some of the ways in which Stanley speaks about the marginalized populations he aims to support.

How to Cite

Pohlhaus, G. (2016). Propaganda, Inequality, and Epistemic Movement. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31(3), 345–356.
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propaganda, ideology, epistemology