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Dr M R. X. Dentith

M Dentith

Teaching Fellow

Qualifications: PhD (Auckland)

Personal Website: https://philpeople.org/profiles/m-r-x-dentith

Papers Taught

Research Interests

I am an epistemologist whose research work to-date has consisted in the analysis of conspiracy theory, fake news, and secrecy.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

  • “Debunking conspiracy theories,” Synthese (early access). DOI: 10.1007/s11229-020-02694-0
  • “Conspiracy theories on the basis of the evidence,” Synthese, 6, 2019, pp. 2243-61. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-017-1532-7
  • “What is fake news?”, University of Bucharest Review, VIII(2), 2018, pp. 24-34
  • “A (naive) view of conspiracy as collective action,” Filosofia e Collettività, 22, 2018, pp. 61-71
  • “The Problem of Conspiracism,” Argumenta 3(2), 2018, pp. 327-343. DOI: 10.23811/58.arg2017.den
  • “Expertise and conspiracy theories,” Social Epistemology, 32(3), 2018, pp. 196-208. DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2018.1440021
  • (with Martin Orr) “Conspiracies and Secrecy,” Episteme, 15(4), 2018, pp. 433-450, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/epi.2017.9
  • “The problem of fake news,” Public Reason, 8(1-2): 65-79, 2016
  • “When inferring to a conspiracy might be the best explanation,” Social Epistemology, 30(5), 2016, pp. 572-591, DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2016.1172362

BOOKS

  • Understanding Conspiracy Theories: 9/11, QAnon and Beyond, Manchester University Press, forthcoming
  • Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-78660-828-4
  • The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-137-36315-2

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • “Conspiracy Theory Theory, Epistemology, and Eastern Europe” in Conspiracy Theories in Eastern Europe (ed. Corneliu Pintilescu, Anastasiya Astapova, Onoriu Colăcel, & Tamás Scheibner), forthcoming 2020
  • “Fun with Alex Jones and David Icke: How weird conspiracy theories inform our theories about conspiracy theory” in Making fun of/with Conspiracy Theories (eds. Julien Giry & Aurore Van de Winkel), forthcoming
  • “From Alien-shapeshifting Lizards to the Dodgy Dossier: The Conspiracists and the Conspiracy Theorists” in Conspiracy Theories and Philosophy (eds. Richard Green & Rachel Robison-Greene), Open Court Publishing, 2020
  • “Introduction” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. ix-xii
  • “What Particularism About Conspiracy Theories Entails” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. 59-69
  • “The Conspiracy Theory Theorists and Their Attitude Towards Conspiracy Theory—Introduction to Section Two” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. 73-77
  • (with Lee Basham) “The Psychologists’ Conspiracy Panic: They Seek to Cure Everyone” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. 79-93
  • (with Martin Orr) “Clearing Up Some Conceptual Confusions About Conspiracy Theory Theorizing” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. 141-53
  • “Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously and Investigating Them” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. 217-25
  • (with Brian L. Keeley) “The applied epistemology of conspiracy theories” in The Routledge Handbook on Applied Epistemology, (eds. David Coady & James Chase), Routledge, 2018, pp. 284-94
  • “The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theory: Bringing the Epistemology of a Freighted Term into the Social Sciences” in Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them (ed. Joe Uscinski), Oxford University Press, 2018, pp. 94-108
  • “Have you Heard? - The Rumour as Reliable” in Rumours and Communication in Asia in the Internet Age (ed. Greg Dalziel), Routledge, 2013

OTHER

Keywords

Philosophy

conspiracy, conspiracy theory, conspiracy theory theory, epistemology, fake news, secrecy, social epistemology


Contact Details

Email: mdentith@waikato.ac.nz
Room: J3.19
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 ext 9350