The Virtues and Vices of Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy theories are quite prominent in current American life. Often the use of “conspiracy theory” is derogatory in nature, allowing a rejection of the proffered theory out of hand. However, I believe conspiracy theories can be useful tools for thinking about the nature of reasoning and explanation. This presentation will look at some of the recent academic and popular literature on conspiracy theories in order to explore reasoning, explanation, and other topics of philosophical interest.
Mark Huston is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Schoolcraft College located in Livonia, MI. His philosophical interests are in the areas of mind, epistemology, aesthetics, and film. He has published in the journals Ratio, The Journal of Philosophical Research and Film and Philosophy. He has also published book reviews in the magazine Philosophy Now. Additionally he has essays in the book Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket is All About and in Golf and Philosophy: Lessons From the Links.