“Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories.”—US President George W. Bush (first national address following 9/11)
We are joined by Dr M R. X. Dentith—Associate Professor in the International Center for Philosophy at Beijing Normal University—for the second instalment of a two-part interview on the subject of Conspiracy Theory Theory.
In this second part we continue to focus upon the important 2018 book edited by Dr Dentith—"Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously"—and move on to discuss the second section of the volume entitled "Diagnosing Conspiracy Theory Theorists", in which Dr Dentith and colleagues take on arguments by fellow academics who seek to "pathologise" conspiracy theorists.
M R. X. Dentith, PhD (Auckland), is the author of The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories (Palgrave, 2014), the first single-author book-length treatment of the philosophical issues surrounding conspiracy theory, and editor of Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), an edited collection of the most recent work on conspiracy theory theory. They have been a Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities (ICUB) at the University of Bucharest and the New Europe College in Bucharest, and they are currently Associate Professor in the International Center for Philosophy at Beijing Normal University. Their current research project focuses on conspiracy theory, conspiracy theory theory, and secrecy.
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[conspiracy theory, fake news, epistemology, particularism, pathologisation, social science, social psychology, Osama bin Laden, logic, fallacy, social engineering, neoliberal, Charles Pigden, Patrick Stokes, Lee Basham, Ginna Husting, Hannah Arendt, Jack Z Bratich, Karen Douglas, Michael Wood, Robbie Sutton]