Mini-seminar on Conspiracy Theories

As the convenor of the Wednesday Graduate Seminar series at the University of Auckland’s Department of Philosophy I’m contributing a short twenty minute paper on Conspiracy Theories on the 9th of April, 4pm in the Fisher Building, Level 2, Room 202, 18 Waterloo Quadrant.

The abstract follows:

I think it would be fair to say that most commentators treat co-conspirators as, in part, perfectly rational agents aware of the reach and morality of their plans (if not sufficiently omniscient to know how successful their plot will be). Yet a lot of recent Conspiracy Theories do not make that assumption and focus rather on the co-conspirators acting malevolently without necessarily realising it. Indeed the historical record shows this is usually the case. Have we mischaracterised co-conspirators and thus what the Inference to Conspiracy Theory entails to a believer? Does our scepticism apply to a view few actually hold?

About Matthew Dentith

Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.