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Placement Practice Job Talk—Daniel Munro

Friday December 10, 2021, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Daniel Munro is a recent graduate from our PhD program and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy. Please join us for his practice job talk, which will begin at 1:00 PM sharp. This talk will occur both in person and on Zoom. Plan to log onto Zoom starting at 10 minutes before the hour.

Zoom link: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/83873432315

Talk Title

Cults, Conspiracies, and Fantasies of Knowledge

Talk Abstract

There’s often pleasure in possessing knowledge, especially in possessing secret knowledge to which outsiders don’t have access. This is part of the allure of groups who seem to have become collectively detached from reality, such as extreme cults and online conspiracy theory groups. I argue that members of such groups often begin by merely fantasizing and pretending they possess secret knowledge, rather than genuinely believing they possess it. However, the dangers of engaging in such fantasies is that they can become mistaken for reality: when they’re vivid enough and engaged in collectively by an entire group, the line between one’s fantasies and one’s beliefs can become blurred.

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Date:
Friday December 10, 2021
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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall)
170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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