Philosophy Research Seminar - Michael Hannon

Machicado Suite Willoughby Hall
Wednesday 9th October 2019 (15:00-17:00)
Matthew Duncombe
Autumn 19 Poster

3-5pm, Wednesday 9 October

Join us in the Machicado Suite for the weekly Philosophy Research Seminar, where our very own Michael Hannon will be giving a talk on the role of Expressive Discourse in politics.

Political Disagreement or Partisan Badmouthing? The Role of Expressive Discourse in Politics

Abstract: A striking feature of political discourse is how prone we are to disagree. Political opponents will even give different answers to factual questions, which suggests that opposing parties cannot agree on facts any more than they can on values. This impression is widespread and supported by survey data. I will argue, however, that the extent and depth of political disagreement is largely overstated. Many political disagreements are merely illusory. This claim has several important upshots. I will explore the implications of this idea for theories about voter misinformation, motivated reasoning, public reason liberalism, deliberative democracy, and a number of other issues.

All welcome!


Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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