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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: ucdconcon2021@gmail.com

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.

15-minute break

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)

Misinformation Pandemic

11.45-12.30 Sebastian Drosselmeier (LMU Munich)

Conspiracy Theories, Skepticism, and Certainty

45-minute break

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-minute break

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

15-minute break

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)

Conspiracy Stories

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