Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education

Ancient Studies WeekHumanities Forum
Ancient Studies Week
Josiah Ober, Constantine Mitsotakis Professor in the Humanities and Sciences, and Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University
“Demopolis: Democracy, Legitimacy, and Civic Education”

Wednesday, October 12, 4 p.m. 
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 

Democracy requires self-government by participatory citizens. But why should citizens govern themselves when populist autocrats are willing to do it for them? In “Demopolis” (City of the People), Josiah Ober will present a thought experiment that shows how citizens can build and preserve democracy by their active participation in government. He will argue that civic education, which focuses on persuasive and rationally defensible arguments for civic engagement, is crucial to the past and future of true democracy.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Ancient Studies, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Political Science.

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