Know-it-All Society

According to The New Yorker’s Jill LePore, Michael Lynch, the philosopher of truth, describes with a clear-eyed timely critique of our culture’s narcissistic obsession with ”we” know and “they” don’t. Lynch will discuss the digital culture and its tendency to make us into dogmatic “know-it-alls” which has contributed to our current silo political environment. If you have missed Lynch interviewed on TV and Radio, you can hear and question him face to face.

Michael Patrick Lynch is a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is the director of the Humanities Institute and executive director of the New England Humanities Consortium. His work concerns truth, democracy, public discourse and the ethics of technology.

Lynch is the author or editor of seven books, including The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data, In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy, Truth as One and Many and the New York Times Sunday Book Review Editor’s pick, True to Life.

The recipient of the Medal for Research Excellence from the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, he is the Principal Investigator for Humility & Conviction in Public Life, a $7 million project aimed at understanding and encouraging meaningful public discourse funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the University of Connecticut. A frequent contributor to the New York Times “The Stone” weblog, Lynch’s work has been profiled in The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Wired (among others). He has appeared at such venues as TED, The Nantucket Project, Chautauqua, and South by Southwest.

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October 17, 2019 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Fairleigh Dickinson University
140 University Plaza Dr
Wilson Auditorium
Hackensack, NJ 07601
United States
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