February 3, 2017

12:00PM - 6:00PM
Claudia Cohen Hall
Room G17

Trump, Philosophy, and American Politics: Philosophical Implications of the 45th Presidency

This half-day conference brings together scholars to discuss issues raised by the election, the transition from the Obama to the Trump administration, and the early days of the Trump presidency. Speakers will examine the future rule of law, media, post-truth politics, race in the election, and much more.

Noon  Opening Comments

12:15 p.m. Quayshawn Spencer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania: "The Rise of Trump... How Did Race Matter?"

12:45 p.m. Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University: "Varieties of Manipulative Meaning in Trumpian Talk"

1:15 p.m. Eugene Kiely,, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania: "The Media and Donald Trump"

1:45 p.m. David Livingstone Smith, University of New England: "The Politics of Salvation"

2:15 p.m. Coffee Break

2:30 p.m. Kenneth Taylor, Stanford University: "Philosophy and Resistance in the Age of Trump"

3:00 p.m. Claire Finkelstein, Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania: "The Trump Administration and the Future of the Rule of Law"

3:30 p.m. Alex Guerrero, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University: "Institutional Sanity as a Political Value: Five Questions for Electoral Democracy"

4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

4:15 p.m. Lisa Miracchi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania: "Liberals Own Up: Diagnosing Our Intellectual Role in Producing Post-Truth Politics"

4:45 p.m. Jason Stanley, Yale University: "Authoritarian Propaganda”

5:15 p.m. Final Discussion

5:45 p.m. Reception

Organized by the Department of Philosophy.

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