PHIL 401 B: Advanced Topics in Philosophy

Autumn 2022
Meeting:
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm / SAV 130
SLN:
20269
Section Type:
Lecture
Instructor:
TOPIC: CONSPIRACY THEORIES, PROPAGANDA, AND EPISTEMIC VICE OPTIONAL WRITING CREDIT AVAILABLE
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

The Philosophy of Misinformation

Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, and Epistemic Vice: The Philosophy of Manipulation and Misinformation

Do conspiracy theories appeal to our epistemic vices? Is it ever rational to believe a conspiracy theory? Are conspiracy theories forms of political propaganda? What is propaganda and is it always manipulative? How are we easily influenced and manipulated by technology, media and misinformation? Course topics will include the epistemology and ethics of disagreement, ethical and aesthetic frameworks for analyzing propaganda, philosophical views of conspiracy theories, and the ethics of persuasive technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluating moral and aesthetic features of propaganda films
  • Analyzing ethical dimensions of persuasive technologies, such as social media
  • Applying philosophical and psychological views of conspiracy theories to contemporary conspiracies
  • Creating strategies, based on philosophical and psychological work on intellectual vices, for recognizing and combating misinformation
  • Providing and receiving feedback from one’s peers on how to effectively communicate philosophical ideas
  • Collaborating with one’s peers to develop publicly accessible materials for understanding manipulation and misinformation.
Catalog Description:
A study of philosophical topics at the advanced level. Topics vary.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
April 19, 2024 - 5:55 pm