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What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues / Edition 1

What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues / Edition 1

by David Coady


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405199940
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 1,070,546
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Coady is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has published widely on topics in applied epistemology, including expertise, conspiracy theory, rumor, and the blogosphere. He is the editor of Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate (2006) and he has also published on metaphysics, the philosophy of law, police ethics, the ethics of horror films, and the ethics of cricket.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Experts and the Laity 27

3 Epistemic Democracy 59

4 Rumors and Rumor-Mongers 86

5 Conspiracy Theories and Conspiracy Theorists 110

6 The Blogosphere and the Conventional Media 138

7 Conclusion 169

Postscript: Government Surveillance and Privacy 175

References 188

Index 197

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'What should we believe?' This is one of the core questions ofepistemology, but it is often discussed in the abstract as if itwere a question of purely theoretical interest arising for agentsliving nowhere and nowhen. David Coady takes epistemology out ofthe study and into the streets  by asking what we   (as citizens of a more-or-lessdemocratic societies) should believe now  (in theearly 21st Century) about matters of political pith and moment. A fine book, a fun book, and a book which might actually do abit of good.

Charles Pigden, University of Otago


This original and accessible work advances applied epistemologywith vivid examples, and provocative and balanced commentary. Aterrific stimulus to reflection, discussion, and improved criticalthought about everyday issues.

Jonathan Adler, The City University of New York

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