Propaganda and Ideology

Authored by: Randal Marlin

The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138932654
eBook ISBN: 9781315679099
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315679099-9

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Abstract

As popularly understood, “propaganda” and “ideology” are mainly seen in a negative light, because of their connection with epistemically defective persuasion and belief. This study focuses on some of the main forms of deception whereby people are duped into accepting such things as an oppressive, inequitable economic and cultural system at home, or into ideologically motivated war against other states or “terrorists” abroad. That insights from epistemology can assist in the general effort to combat dupery is argued in this text, using examples from feminist epistemology and Jacob Stanley’s concept of flawed ideology, among other sources.

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