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University College Dublin Online Conference on the Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories will take place on Zoom over a two day period (1st-2nd July 2021). The aim of the conference is to focus a philosophical lens on the contemporary mainstreaming of conspiratorial thinking about the political, scientific, and social domains.
Some topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
· What are conspiracy theories?
· Why do people believe conspiracy theories?
· Testimony, Credibility and Credulity in a Post-Truth Age
· Conspiracies, Misinformation and Democracy
· Conspiracies and Propaganda
· Conspiracies and Covid-19
To register for the conference please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisers: John Rogers, Andrew Doyle and Dr Daniel Esmonde Deasy
See below for conference schedule.
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UCD Online Conference on the Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories 2021
Thursday 1st July 20201
09.00-10.00 Keynote: Charles R. Pigden (University of Otago) ‘
‘Conspiracy Theory’ as a Tonkish term. The runabout inference-ticket from truth to falsehood.
10.15– 11.00 M R. X. Dentith (International Center for Philosophy, Bejing Normal University [Zhuhai Campus])
Sorting between warranted and unwarranted conspiracy theories
11.00– 11.45 Kathryn Lynn Muyskens (Yale-NUS)
11.45-12.30 Sebastian Drosselmeier (LMU Munich)
Conspiracy Theories, Skepticism, and Certainty
13.15-14.00 Harry Andrews (University of Warwick)
Experts’ Testimony, Epistemic Dependence, and Conspiracy Theories
14.00-14.45 Michael Vollmer (University of Innsbruk)
How to Use “Conspiracy Theories” – Some Recent Engineering Attempts
14.45-15.30 Michael Barnes (Rotman Institute of Philosophy — Western University — London, Ontario, Canada)
Untangling the Complex Relationship between Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda
15.45-16.30 Matthew Shields (University College Dublin)
Rethinking Conspiracy Theories
16.30-17.15 Kevin Reuter (University of Zürich)
What is a Conspiracy Theory? (Co-authored with M. Giulia Napolitano)
17.15-18.00 M. Giulia Napolitano(University of California, Irvine)
The Collective Dimension of Conspiracy Theories
Friday 2nd July 2021
09.00-09.45 Janis David Schaab (University of Groningen)
Conspiracy Theories and Rational Critique: A Kantian Procedural Approach
09.45-10.30 Thomas J. Spiegel (University of Potsdam)
Conspiracy Theories as the Legacy of Enlightenment
10.30-11.15 Jag Williams (Independent Scholar)
Conspiracies and History: A Contextualist Approach to Propaganda
11.30-12.15 Glenn Anderau (University of Zürich)
The Spread of Conspiracy Theories Through Passive Testimony: Exploring Social Media as an Epistemic Environment
12.15-13.00 Fabio Tollon (Bielefeld University)
Designed to Seduce: Epistemically Retrograde Ideation and YouTube’s Recommender System
13.00-13.45 Patrick Brooks (Rutgers University)
Conspiracy Theories and Democracy
45 min break
14.30-15.15 Adam Gibbons (Rutgers University)
Bullshit in Politics Pays
15.15-16.00 Martina Orlandi (McGill University)
Beliefs Locked and Loaded
16.00-16.45 Virginia Husting (Boise State University)
Unreality, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Causes of Disordered World-Making
15 min break
17.00-1800 Keynote: Regina Rini (York University, Toronto)