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San Francisco


Rebooting the Enlightenment in the Age of Trump

Monday Night Philosophy considers the variety of ways scholars are, or should be, responding to the gradual shift in norms in public discourse that social media has wrought—a shift that sped up the day Donald Trump announced that he was running for president in June 2015. Standards that have been taken for granted for many decades, with rare breaches proving the unwritten rule, seem to have disappeared overnight. Hear our panel discuss how enlightenment values might regain the upper hand, resulting in political leaders who at least nominally favor rational discussion, facts, scientific explanations and social policies devoted to the greater good.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities 

In association with Humanities West

November 13, 2017

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Caroline Winterer
Professor of History and, by Courtesy, of Classics, Stanford University; Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities; Director, Stanford Humanities Center
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Mark Peterson
Chairman, Department of History at UC Berkeley
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Peter Dale Scott
Author, The American Deep State

5:30 p.m. networking reception
6 p.m. program