CONSPHERE research project

This project addresses epistemological, ethical, and pragmatic questions that conspiracy theories present.

How should conspiracy theories be understood? This divides into topics on:

  • ordinary language meaning of conspiracy theories;
  • reliability of knowledge-producing institutions and epistemic authorities;
  • building of transparent and accountable knowledge-producing institutions.

How do we deal with conspiracy theorizing in practice? This divides into topics on:

  • social nature of knowledge and its rationality;
  • rules for, and ethics of, forming belief, for example: the sometimes conflicting aims of believing the true and avoiding the false;
  • collective moral responsibility of conspiracy theorizing;
  • interference with harmful conspiracy theories;
  • open and respectful public debate.