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February 17, 2017 - Virtue Forum Luncheon

"Virtue and Vice in the Media: A Brexit Case Study"

Dr. Lani Watson
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

Presentation Abstract

In this talk, I investigate the presence of virtue and vice in contemporary media discourse, focusing, in particular on the vicious concept of epistemic rights violations. I outline the concept of epistemic rights violations and examine the nature and scope of such violations in the media. Five forms of epistemic rights violations are identified and illustrated via an examination of media coverage during the run-up to the UK referendum on EU membership, held on 23 June 2016 (aka Brexit). I argue that media handling of information in the context of Brexit demonstrates the existence of wide-spread, systematic epistemic rights violations and that such violations, dominate, if not define, national and international media in the twenty-first century. This should be a topic of central concern for contemporary epistemology.

About Dr. Lani Watson

Dr. Watson received her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with a thesis entitled Why Ask: The Epistemology of Questioning. Her interdisciplinary research spans the fields of philosophy, education theory, and experimental psycholinguistics, focusing on the role that questions and questioning play in everyday life and in classroom learning. She has recent and forthcoming publications exploring the value of student questioning in education, as well as the epistemology of education and the intellectual virtues of curiosity and inquisitiveness. Her work at the Institute is focused on developing and advancing the theoretical case for cultivating inquisitiveness in the classroom.