2020 Sir John Graham Lecture | Thomas Simpson
POPULISTS, ELITISTS, AND THE FUTURE OF OUR DEMOCRACY
FRIDAY, 26 JUNE | PULLMAN HOTEL
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
Trust has declined steadily in the developed world over some decades; more sharply in recent years.
The great economic and socially liberal consensus of post-WW2 governments has shattered, exposing a political climate that is increasingly fevered and volatile.
In his 2020 Sir John Graham Lecture, Associate Professor Thomas Simpson will explore whether our future is one of increasing polarisation, or whether a new consensus can be forged, with trust at its core.
Thomas Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College.
Educated at Cambridge, he completed his BA, MPhil and PhD at the University before returning as a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College. Between degrees he served as an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos for 5 years. He served in Northern Ireland; Baghdad, Iraq; and Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Named as one of BBC Radio 3’s “New Generation Thinkers” in 2017, Thomas has written extensively for academic and public audiences, taking a particular interest in trust, and how we can restore it. His research continues to explore the factors which undermine trust, and the conditions required to maintain trust between people in our society.
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