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The London Lectures: Alessandra Tanesini - Passionate Speech: On The Uses and Abuses of Anger in Public Debate

Friday 15th November 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event

We’re delighted to be teaming up with author and philosopher Julian Baggini and the Royal Institute of Philosophy to bring you The London Lectures—a series of wide-ranging talks by experts in the field of Social Epistemology.


How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge


Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people's testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.


Alessandra Tanesini
Passionate Speech: On The Uses and Abuses of Anger in Public Debate


In this talk, Alessandra Tanesini, Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University discusses two types of anger: the arrogant anger of those who arrogate special entitlements, and the liberatory anger that can be used to good effect in the struggles for equality and recognition. In a world where anger seems to dominate debates in the public sphere, Tanesini will show that arrogant anger is often at the root of intimidation and behaviours designed to humiliate and how on occasion calls for civility actually promote the silencing of liberatory anger.


Alessandra Tanesini is Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University. Her new book The Mismeasure of the Self: A Study in Vice Epistemology is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.



Tickets: Free reservation

Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

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