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Mittwoch, 08.01.2020


Fake News Consumption and Epistemic Blame [joint work with Tommaso Piazza, University of Pavia]

18:00 Uhr
Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, SR VI, Karl-Rahner-Platz 3, 1. Stock

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Michel Croce (University of Edinburgh & University of Lisbon)

Michel Croce is FCT Junior Researcher at the University of Lisbon. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Genoa (Italy), he held an Early Stage Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, where he has worked on a project titled Epistemic Inequality Reconsidered. His main research interests include epistemology, virtue theory, and the philosophy of education.

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Social media and online communities have proven especially hospitable to the proliferation of fake news (FN). A growing discussion in the epistemology of fake news concerns whether consumers of fake news are to be blamed for their epistemic conduct. In this paper, we analyze the epistemic responsibility of fake news consumers across three main informational environments: ordinary informational environments (OIE), epistemic bubbles (EB), and echo chambers (EC). The extant literature tends to accept the answer that epistemic agents are epistemically blameworthy for believing in FN in benign environments like OIEs, but less and less so when they are in malicious environments (EB & EC). In contrast, we show that being in a malicious environment is no guarantee that one is blameless: in fact, it might well be the case that members of EB or EC are epistemically blameworthy for their epistemic conduct.


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