The Right to Know

Lani Watson with Aidan McGynn

We speak of the “right to know” with relative ease. You have the right to know the results of a medical test or to be informed about the collection and use of personal data. But what exactly is the right to know, and who should we trust to safeguard it? In this conversation, Lani Watson will discuss rights to goods such as information, knowledge, and truth, and why these rights which play such a prominent role in our information-centric society continue to go unnoticed, disregarded and unprotected. As she will argue, the result is that those who control what we know, or think we know, exert an influence on our lives that is often as dangerous as it is imperceptible.

Lani Watson is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford. She works primarily in applied social and virtue epistemology. Her first book, The Right to Know: Epistemic Rights and Why We Need Them, will be published in May by Routledge. philosophyofquestions.com 

Aidan McGlynn is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses mainly on issues in epistemology, particularly where it intersects with other areas such as the philosophies of language and mind, and social and feminist philosophy. twitter.com/AidanMcGlynn


Tuesday 11th May

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)

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