Democracy, Demagoguery and Plato

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Professor Angie Hobbs
Type Lectures & Talks
When 27 Nov 2017, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price Visitors £3.
For Bookings Contact No booking is required

Professor Angie Hobbs is the UK's first Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy. She will argue that Plato, despite the fact that his experience was of direct democracy and not the liberal representational democracy that emerged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, can be of great assistance in helping us think through the issues of the champions of democracy, 'rule by the people' and the confusion and disagreement about who 'the people' are and what constitutes their 'rule'.

Professor Hobbs, a Cambridge graduate, became a research fellow at Christ's College Cambridge and then a Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. In 2012 she became Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at Sheffield University, the first chair in the UK. She contributes to TV and radio programmes and was a castaway on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4.

This lecture is sponsored by De Montfort University. Seasonal refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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