The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories
London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan (2014)
Conspiracy theories are a popular topic of conversation in everyday life but are often frowned upon in academic discussions. Looking at the recent spate of philosophical interest in conspiracy theories, ‘The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories’ looks at whether the assumption that belief in conspiracy theories is typically irrational is well founded. ‘The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories’ is aimed at both the philosopher and the non-philosopher. It is a qualified defence of belief in conspiracy theories: belief in conspiracy theories can be rational in some circumstances. It covers issues like: who might be consider as qualified conspiracy theorist;, how do we analyse claims of disinformation; is our reliance on official theories a good reason to be suspicious of rival conspiracy theories; and what we should do when official theories and conspiracy theories are in conflict?
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