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Agnotological Challenges: How to Produce Ignorance Convincingly

Agnotological Challenges: How to Produce Ignorance Convincingly
170 St. George Street, JHB 418, Jackman Humanities Building
Time: Oct 11th, 3:15 pm End: Oct 11th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Martin Carrier (Beilefeld)

The Department of Philosophy presents Logic & Philosophy of Science Group Talk

Agnotological Challenges: How to Produce Ignorance Convincingly

Agnotology concerns the active creation and preservation of confusion and ignorance. I propose to identify agnotological ploys by the discrepancy between the conclusions suggested by the blueprint of the study at hand and the conclusions actually drawn or intimated. This difference between the design of a study and the use made of this study is veiled or passed over in silence. This mechanism of "false advertising" serves to implement agnotological motives without doing damage to the epistemic reputation of the perpetrator. Agnotological challenges are best met by transparency and plurality. The former requires recognizing the partial character of a study and the latter encourages conducting a study of different outline so as to achieve a more balanced picture.

Martin Carrier (Beilefeld)

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact the Department of Philosophy at 416-978-3311.

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