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Propaganda and Democracy

Wood, Allen (2016) Propaganda and Democracy. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31 (3). pp. 381-394. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

We are surrounded by communication of many kinds whose aim is to persuade rather to convince, to ma- nipulate rather than to reason. Advertising and much public discourse is like this. How should we react to this fact? Perhaps even more importantly: What does this fact mean about modern society? Not all persuasion is re- grettable or to be disapproved. Not all persuasion is propaganda. And perhaps not even all propaganda is neces- sarily bad. This last point was the focus of a controversy between W. E. B. Du Bois, who held that propaganda could be used for good, and Alain Locke, who held that all propaganda corrupts our thinking. My own view is that propaganda can be used for good, but Locke was perfectly right to be worried about it.


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Wood, Allenawwood@indiana.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: propaganda, democracy, Du Bois, Alain Locke, Jason Stanley.
Subjects: General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
Specific Sciences > Sociology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 23:35
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 23:35
Item ID: 12640
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.16384
Subjects: General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
Specific Sciences > Sociology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 1 September 2016
Page Range: pp. 381-394
Volume: 31
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12640

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