[MaFLa] MISTAKES IN POLITICS: Public Lecture by ALAN RYAN--5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 25.

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.hu
Thu Oct 18 13:16:04 CEST 2012

The Department of Philosophy & the Provost Office at CEU
cordially invite you to a public lecture by
Princeton University
at 17:30 on Thursday, October 25, 2012
CEU-Auditorium, 1051 Bp., Nádor u. 9.
There is a large, and to many people alarming, body of literature on
the erroneous views of the ordinary voter; not only do most voters hold
many views that are strikingly at odds with the facts, they resist
information that tends to overturn these views, and where they do not,
they re-adopt their false views more or less quickly. This poses an
obvious problem for democratic politics: if politicians are responsive
to the (erroneous) views of the electorate, will they not be forced to
pursue irrational and counter-productive policies, both domestically or
internationally; they are not responsive to the views of the electorate,
do they not lack democratic credibility? Many writers believe that there
are structural features of – modern rather than ‘Athenian’ – democracy
that dissolve this problem, and the democracy functions ‘in spite of
itself.’ The lecture will argue that this is unduly optimistic, and that
there is too much room for the interested manufacture of erroneous
opinions by elites, whether benign, malign, or simply trying to maintain
their economic advantages, to give us many grounds for cheerfulness
about contemporary democratic politics. 
Alan Ryan was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and taught politics
at New College, and as a visiting professor at Hunter College, CUNY, The
University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Texas at Austin and
UC Santa Cruz. From 1988 to 1996 he was Professor of Politics at
Princeton, and one of the founding faculty of the UCHV. After completing
thirteen years as head of New College, Oxford, he returned to Princeton
in 2009 and now serves as the Director of the undergraduate program on
Values in Public Life. 
Kind regards,

Zsuzsanna Bajó
Office of Provost & the Pro-Rector for Hungarian and EU Affairs
Central European University
H-1051 Budapest, Nador u. 9.
Tel.: (+ 36 1) 327 3000/2188
Fax: (+ 36 1) 327 3007 ( tel:%28%2B%2036%201%29%20327%203007 )
E-mail: bajozs at ceu.hu ( mailto:bajozs at ceu.hu ) 
Web: www.ceu.hu
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