eCite Digital Repository

Are Conspirary Theorists Irrational?


Coady, DA, Are Conspirary Theorists Irrational?, Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology, 4, (2) pp. 193-204. ISSN 1742-3600 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3366/epi.2007.4.2.193


It is widely believed that to be a conspiracy theorist is to suffer from a form of irrationality. After considering the merits and defects of a variety of accounts of what it is to be a conspiracy theorist, I draw three conclusions. One, on the best definitions of what it is to be a conspiracy theorist, conspiracy theorists do not deserve their reputation for irrationality. Two, there may be occasions on which we should settle for an inferior definition which entails that conspiracy theorists are after all irrational. Three, if and when we do this, we should recognise that conspiracy theorists so understood are at one end of a spectrum, and the really worrying form of irrationality is at the other end. © 2007, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Social and political philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Coady, DA (Dr David Coady)
ID Code:54372
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2009-02-19
Last Modified:2009-02-19

Repository Staff Only: item control page