Philosophy Lecture at Williams College Explores How Fascism Works

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 30, 2019—Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, will deliver a talk titled “How Fascism Works” at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. After the talk, a book signing will follow.

Stanley is an author with areas of specialization in the philosophy of language, epistemology, social and political philosophy, action theory, and early analytic philosophy. The talk’s title comes from his most recent book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (Penguin Random House, 2019).

He also has four previously published books, including Knowledge and Practical Interests (Oxford University Press, 2005), which won the 2007 American Philosophical Association’s Book Prize, and How Propaganda Works (Princeton University Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 PROSE award in the Philosophy Category. His other written works include Know How (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Language in Context (Oxford University Press, 2007), a collection of his papers on the topic of linguistic communication and context in semantics published between 2000 to 2007.

Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University and a professor at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. His current project is a book on non-ideal philosophy of language titled The Politics of Language. It is co-authored with David Beaver, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and under contract with Princeton University Press.

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Philosophy Department and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.


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