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The Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology



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April 14, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
562 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

As political discourse has been saturated with the ideas of ‘post-truth’, ‘fake news’, ‘epistemic bubbles’, and ‘truth decay’, it was no surprise that in 2017 The New Scientist declared: "Philosophers of knowledge, your time has come." Political epistemology has old roots, but is now one of the most rapidly growing and important areas of philosophy.

The Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology is an outstanding reference source to this exciting field, and the first collection of its kind. Comprising forty-one chapters by an international team of contributors, it is divided into seven parts:

  • Politics and Truth: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Political Disagreement and Polarization
  • Fake News, Propaganda, Misinformation
  • Ignorance and Irrationality in Politics
  • Epistemic Virtues and Vices in Politics
  • Democracy and Epistemology
  • Trust, Expertise, and Doubt.

Within these sections crucial issues and debates are examined, including: post-truth, Plato, Aristotle, Mòzǐ, medieval Islamic philosophers, Mill, Arendt, and Rawls on truth and politics, disagreement and relativism, epistemic networks, fake news, echo chambers, propaganda, ignorance, irrationality, political polarization, virtues and vices in public debate, epistocracy, expertise, misinformation, trust, and digital democracy.

The Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology is essential reading for those studying political philosophy, applied and social epistemology and politics. It is also a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as international relations, law, political psychology, political science, communication studies, and journalism.

Table of Contents

General Introduction Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

Part 1: Politics and Truth: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Introduction to Part 1 Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

1. Democracy and Knowledge in Ancient Greece Tamer Nawar

2. Identifying Upward: Political Epistemology in an Early Chinese Political Theory Chris Fraser

3. Epistemology and Politics in Islamic Philosophy Tony Booth

4. Mill, Liberalism, and Epistemic Diversity Paul Kelly

5. Hannah Arendt and the Role of Truth in Politics Yasemin Sari

6. Politics, Truth, Post-truth, and Postmodernism Simon Blackburn

7. Tyranny, Tribalism, and Post-truth Politics Amanda Greene

Part 2: Political Disagreement and Polarization

Introduction to Part 2 Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

8. The Polarization of American Politics Shanto Iyengar

9. Politics, Deep Disagreement, and Relativism J. Adam Carter

10. Epistemic Permissivism and Reasonable Pluralism Richard Rowland and Robert Mark Simpson

11. Political Disagreement: Epistemic or Civic Peers? Elizabeth Edenberg

12. Epistemic Networks and Polarization Daniel J. Singer, Patrick Grim, Aaron Bramson, Bennett Holman, Jiin Jung, and William J. Berger

13. Affective Polarization, Evidence, and Evidentialism Emily C. McWilliams

14. The Point of Political Belief Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

Part 3: Fake News, Propaganda, Misinformation

Introduction to Part 3 Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

15. What is Fake News? Axel Gelfert

16. The Cognitive Science of Fake News Neil Levy and Robert M. Ross

17. Filter Bubbles, Echo Chambers, Online Communities Hanna Kiri Gunn

18. Modelling How False Beliefs Spread Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall

19. Regulating the Spread of Online Misinformation Étienne Brown

20. Propaganda, Irrationality, and Group Agency Megan Hyska

Part 4: Ignorance and Irrationality in Politics

Introduction to Part 4 Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

21. Is Political Ignorance Rational? Ilya Somin

22. Pragmatic Encroachment and Political Ignorance Kenneth Boyd

23. Is Political Irrationality a Myth? Jeffrey Friedman

24. The Irrational Attempt to Impute Irrationality to One’s Political Opponents Keith E. Stanovich

25. Asymmetrical Irrationality: Are Only Other People Stupid? Robin McKenna

Part 5: Epistemic Virtues and Vices in Politics

Introduction to Part 5 Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

26. Epistemic Vices, Ideologies and False Consciousness Quassim Cassam

27. Engaging Closed-mindedly with your Polluted Media Feed Heather Battaly

28. Virtues and Vices in Public and Political Debate Alessandra Tanesini

29. Vices of the Privileged and Virtues of the Oppressed in Epistemic Group Dynamics José Medina

30. Epistemic Corruption and Political Institutions Ian James Kidd

Part 6: Democracy and Epistemology

Introduction to Part 6 Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

31. An Epistemic Argument for Democracy Hélène Landemore

32. In Defense of Epistocracy: Enlightened Preference Voting Jason Brennan

33. A Pragmatist’s Epistemic Argument for Democracy Robert B. Talisse

34. Epistemic Norms of Political Deliberation Fabienne Peter

35. The Epistemic Responsibilities of Citizens in a Democracy Cameron Boult

36. The Epistemic Case for Non-Electoral Forms of Democracy Alexander Guerrero

Part 7: Trust, Expertise, and Doubt

Introduction to Part 7 Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder

37. The Role of Scientific Expertise in Democracy Heather Douglas

38. Experts, Public Policy and the Question of Trust Maria Baghramian and Michel Croce

39. Testimony, Deference, and Value Hallvard Lillehammer

40. The Skeptic and the Climate Change Skeptic Alex Worsnip

41. Online Trust and Doubt Mark Alfano and Emily Sullivan.

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Biography

Michael Hannon is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is author of What’s the Point of Knowledge? (2019), and is writing the forthcoming Routledge book Political Epistemology: An Introduction.

Jeroen de Ridder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Professor (by special appointment) of Christian Philosophy at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.