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Propaganda, Non-Rational Means, and Civic Rhetoric

Maitra, Ishani (2016) Propaganda, Non-Rational Means, and Civic Rhetoric. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31 (3). pp. 313-327. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

This paper examines Jason Stanley’s account of propaganda. I begin with an overview and some questions about the structure of that account. I then argue for two main conclusions. First, I argue that Stanley’s account over-generalizes, by counting mere incompetent argumentation as propaganda. But this problem can be avoided, by emphasizing the role of emotions in effective propaganda more than Stanley does. In addition, I argue that more propaganda is democratically acceptable than Stanley allows. Focusing especially on sexual assault prevention campaigns, I show that propaganda can be acceptable even when it represents some in our communities as worthy of contempt.


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Maitra, Ishaniimaitra@umich.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Propaganda, civic rhetoric, ideology, inequality, incompetence.
Subjects: General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 23:31
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 23:31
Item ID: 12635
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.16859
Subjects: General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 1 September 2016
Page Range: pp. 313-327
Volume: 31
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12635

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