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Michael Klenk - February 3rd 1PM ET


Michael Klenk is a lecturer in ethics and the philosophy of technology at TU Delft. His research covers foundational topics about the nature of morality, moral change, and moral knowledge. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to these questions and use resources from metaethics, epistemology, anthropology, and moral psychology in pursuit of answers.

He has previously suggested that something like being careless in choosing one’s means of influence may characterize manipulative influence (Klenk 2020). This position contrasts with many current views on the nature of manipulation that seem to associate manipulation with more nefarious rather than merely careless behavior. One prominent example of these views is the view that manipulation is a type of hidden influence. He criticized this view in a recent paper, showing that it is extensionally inadequate and that it has questionable normative implications (Klenk 2021). Similarly, he suggested that manipulation cannot be equated with lowering autonomy (Klenk & Hancock 2019). Though these negative contributions are interesting, they leave us with what he calls the demarcation problem for manipulation: what distinguishes it from other types of social influence? The talk in this series tries to develop the view that manipulation is careless influence in more detail.

For his thoughts on digital well-being and manipulation, see: (PDF) Digital Well-Being and Manipulation Online (

For work on online-manipulation see: Full article: (Online) manipulation: sometimes hidden, always careless (

And for arguments about the connection between autonomy and manipulation see:

Autonomy and online manipulation | Internet Policy Review



Christopher W. Tindale is Director of the Centre of Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Windsor, where he teaches in the Department of Philosophy and the Argumentation Studies Interdisciplinary PhD Program.  


He is co-editor of the journal Informal Logic and the book series Windsor Studies in Argumentation.


His current research project on Argumentation and Extremism is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Tindale is the author of many papers in argumentation theory, and his most recent books include How We Argue (Routledge 2023, and The Anthropology of Argument: Cultural Foundations of Rhetoric and Reason (Routledge 2021, His study of Plato’s engagement with argumentation (Plato’s Reasons: Logician, Rhetorician and Dialectician) will be published by SUNY Press in 2023.

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