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The Philosophy of Fake News

This APA Public Session takes place as part of the 2019 Community Summit

What is it exactly? How bad is it? And what can we do about it? Three philosophers grapple with how disinformation works and poses a serious threat to our democratic institutions. Join the discussion at this APA-sponsored public event!


Endre Begby

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University

Endre Begby has wide-ranging interests in philosophy, and his current work focuses on social epistemology, the cognitive underpinnings of language and communication, and social and political philosophy. He is completing a book tentatively titled: Prejudice: A Study in Non-Ideal Epistemology, which brings together these interests.

Jennifer Nagel

Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Jennifer Nagel is the author of Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction, and dozens of papers on historical and contemporary topics in epistemology. Much of her recent work focuses on our natural instincts about what other people know, looking at what these instincts can tell us about knowledge itself. The videos in her “Theory of Knowledge” series, produced by Wireless Philosophy, have had over one million views on YouTube.

Regina Rini

Canada Research Chair in Moral and Social Cognition, Department of Philosophy, York University

Regina Rini in her current work focuses on the tension between how we perceive ourselves – as independent moral agents – and how we actually work as products of historical, psychological, and social factors. She is particularly interested in how technology (social media, AI) affects how we relate to one another as equal democratic citizens. She is the author of numerous journal articles and pieces of philosophy addressing the general public.


Wed, April 17, 2019 | 7 - 9:00 PM

6:30 PM - Doors open
7:00 PM - Event
8:00 PM - Reception

All guests are invited to stay for a post-event reception co-sponsored by SFU Philosophy, UBC Philosophy, and UVic Philosophy.


Asia Pacific Hall
SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

Venue and Accessibility Information

Getting There

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance).

Public Transportation

The venue is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Visit for more information.


Bike stalls are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street).


Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.


Wheelchair Access

The venue and all floors within the building are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators.  


Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. All washrooms are wheelchair accessible.


The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the East hallway.

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