Michael Lynch to Give Public Lecture on “Know-It-All Society” at NC State

Michael Lynch giving a TED Talk in 2017

NC State University’s fifth World Philosophy Day Lecture will be given by Michael Patrick Lynch of the University of Connecticut at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in Withers Hall, Room 232-A. His topic is “Know-It-All Society: Digital Culture, Political Fragmentation and Democracy.” The talk is open to the entire university community.

Taking stock of our fragmented political landscape, Lynch will explain how digital culture feeds the tribal arrogance that dominates our political relationships with each other and distorts our relationship to facts. He will also discuss how some lessons from Socrates might help us recover truth and curiosity as democratic values.

Lynch is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. He is also director of the New England Humanities Consortium. His World Philosophy Day Lecture will draw on his new book, Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture (Penguin Random House, 2019). The lecture and Q & A will be followed by a book signing in the main lobby of Withers Hall.

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