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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

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

  • “When ought, and how should we investigate conspiracy theories - a philosopher's perspective,” Science, Technology and Human Values, forthcoming
  • “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
  • “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, forthcoming
  • “Introduction” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. ix-xii
  • “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. 141-153
  • “What particularism about conspiracy theories entails” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, pp. 59-69
  • “Taking conspiracy theories seriously and investigating them” in Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (ed. M R. X. Dentith), Rowman and Littlefield, 2018
  • (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
  • (with Brian L. Keeley) “The applied epistemology of conspiracy theories” in The Routledge Handbook on Applied Epistemology, (eds. David Coady & James Chase), Routledge, 2018
  • “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
  • “Have you Heard? - The Rumour as Reliable” in Rumours and Communication in Asia in the Internet Age (ed. Greg Dalziel), Routledge, 2013

OTHER

  • “The Iniquity of the Conspiracy Inquirers,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 8(8), 2019, https://wp.me/p1Bfg0-4hQ
  • “Politics, Deception, and Being Self-Deceived,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 8(4), 2019, https://wp.me/p1Bfg0-48t
  • “Between Forteana and Skepticism,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 7(11), 2018, https://wp.me/p1Bfg0-43y
  • “Conspiracy theories and their Investigator(s),” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 6(4): 4-11, 2017, http://wp.me/p1Bfg0-3xS
  • (with Martin Orr) “Clearing Up Some Conceptual Confusions About Conspiracy Theory Theorising,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 6(1): 9-16, 2017, http://wp.me/p1Bfg0-3oY
  • “In defence of particularism: A reply to Stokes,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 5(11): 27-33, 2016, http://wp.me/p1Bfg0-3jU
  • (with Lee Basham) “Social Science’s Conspiracy-Theory Panic: Now They Want to Cure Everyone,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 5(10): 12-19, 2016
  • “Treating Conspiracy Theories Seriously: A Reply to Basham on Dentith,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 5(9): 1-5, 2016, http://wp.me/p1Bfg0-3ak
  • (with Lee Basham)  “Bad thinkers? Don’t be so gullible!,” 3 Quarks Daily, 2015, http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2015/08/bad-thinkers-dont-be-so-gullible.html

Keywords

Philosophy

conspiracy, conspiracy theory, epistemology