Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Philosophy of Propaganda (PoP)

Convened by Filippo Contesi and Teresa Marques

We will discuss recent and classical work (mainly readings but also some videos) pertinent to the non-ethical (i.e. aesthetic and semantic but also, depending on interest, epistemological, psychological, educational etc.) aspects of the philosophy of propaganda. The list of work and schedule will be agreed on with participants as we go along.



Tearing Down the Spanish Flag (1898):



  • "Philosophizing Propaganda" and "'The Aesthetic Ideology' as Ideology"


    - Stanley B. Cunningham, "Philosophizing Propaganda", OSSA Conference Archive, 2001
    - Martin Jay, "'The Aesthetic Ideology' as Ideology; Or, What Does It Mean to Aestheticize Politics?, Cultural Critique, 1992

    22 October 2020

    17:00, Online

  • Triumph of the Will (and excerpt from Luciano Serra pilota)


    - "1935: Triumph of the Will - The Power of Propaganda", One Hundred Years of Cinema, 2018:

    - Roger Ebert, "Propaganda Über Alles", 2008:

    - "Triumph of the Will and the Cinematic Language of Propaganda", Folding Ideas, 2017:

    - Umberto Eco, "Ur-Fascism", New York Review of Books, 1995:

    05 November 2020

    17:00, Online

  • "Art or Propaganda?" and "The Fine Art of Propaganda Analysis"


    - William S. Lewis, "Art or Propaganda? Dewey and Adorno on the Relationship Between Politics and Art", Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2005

    - Elizabeth Briant Lee & Alfred McClung Lee, "The Fine Art of Propaganda Analysis—Then and Now Etc.", A Review of General Semantics, 1979

    19 November 2020

    17:00, Online

  • ¡Que viva México!


    - Julia Vassilieva, "Sergei Eisenstein's ¡Qué viva México! through time: Historicizing value judgement", Continuum Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 2010

    03 December 2020

    17:00, Online

  • "What is Propaganda, and What Exactly is Wrong with It?"


    - Douglas Walton, "What is Propaganda, and What Exactly is Wrong with It?", Public Affairs Quarterly, 1997

    10 December 2020

    17:00, Online

  • Anne Quaranto (Texas) and Jason Stanley (Yale)


    - Anne Quaranto and Jason Stanley, "Propaganda", in Routledge Handbook of Social and Political Philosophy of Language, forthcoming

    14 January 2021

    17:00, Online

  • Sheryl Tuttle Ross (Wisconsin-La Crosse)


    - Sheryl Tuttle Ross, "Understanding Propaganda", Journal of Aesthetic Education, 2002

    - Sheryl Tuttle Ross, "Propaganda Power of Protest Songs", Contemporary Aesthetics, 2013

    11 February 2021

    17:00, Online

  • "Moralists and Propagandists" and "Semantics and Ethics of Propaganda"


    - Charles Stevenson, "Moralists and Propagandists", in Ethics and Language, 1944 (+ Giulio Pietroiusti’s glossary)
    - Jay Black, "Semantics and Ethics of Propaganda", Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 2001

    11 March 2021

    17:00, Online

  • I Am Cuba

    - Roger Ebert, "I Am Cuba", 1995:

    25 March 2021

    17:00, Online

  • Quassim Cassam (Warwick)


    - Quassim Cassam, "Countering Extremism", draft

    22 April 2021

    17:00, Online

  • Hugo Mercier (Jean Nicod)

    - Hugo Mercier, "Propagandists, Campaigners, and Advertisers", in Not Born Yesterday, 2020
    - "The Argumentative Theory: A Conversation with Hugo Mercier", The Edge, 2011:

    20 May 2021

    17:00, Online

  • Cailin O'Connor (UC Irvine)


    - Cailin O'Connor & James Owen Weatherall, "The Evangelization of Peoples", in The Misinformation Age, 2019

    15 July 2021

    17:00, Online