1st Edition

Virtues, Democracy, and Online Media Ethical and Epistemic Issues

Edited By Nancy E. Snow, Maria Silvia Vaccarezza Copyright 2021
    258 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book addresses current threats to citizenship and democratic values posed by the spread of post-truth communication. The contributors apply research on moral, civic, and epistemic virtues to issues involving post-truth culture.

    The spread of post-truth communication affects ordinary citizens’ commitment to truth and attitudes toward information sources, thereby threatening the promotion of democratic ideals in public debate. The chapters in this volume investigate the importance of helping citizens improve the quality of their online agency and raise awareness of the risks social media poses to democratic values. This book moves from two initial chapters that provide historical background and overview of the present post-truth malaise, through a series of chapters that feature mainly diagnostic accounts of the epistemic and ethical issues we face, to the complexities of virtue-theoretic analyses of specific virtues and vices.

    Virtues, Democracy, and Online Media will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in virtue ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, and media studies.


    Maria Silvia Vaccarezza and Nancy E. Snow

    Part I. Perspectives on the Post-Truth Problem

    1. Democratic Truth-Seeking, Tribal Epistemologies, and Trust

    Nancy E. Snow

    2. Democracy, Information Technology, and Virtue Epistemology

    Jason Baehr

    3. Misinformation and Intentional Deception: A Novel Account of Fake News

    Michel Croce and Tommaso Piazza

    4. Post-Truth, False Balance and Virtuous Gatekeeping

    Alfred Archer and Natascha Rietdijk

    5. Psychological Processes in Social Media: Implications for Democracy

    Shane Connelly, Marina Mery, and Keith Strasbaugh

    6. The Halo Effect, Post-Truth Communication, and Practical Wisdom

    Claudia Navarini, Allegra Indraccolo, Elena Ricci, and Ricardo Brunetti

    Part II: Roles for Virtue

    7. Patience, Love of Truth, and Navigating Online Media in an Age of Distraction

    Jason Kawall

    8. Anger, Moral Address and Claimant Injustice

    Alessandra Tanesini

    9. Reconceiving Civic Competence for the Digital Age

    Rena Beatrice Goldstein

    10. The Virtues of the E-Interlocutor

    Howard J. Curzer

    Part III: Epistemic Partisanship: Pro and Con

    11. Partisanship and Epistemic Partiality

    Valeria Ottonelli

    12. Partisanship as Virtue and Vice

    Yuval Eylon

    13. Post-factualism, Political Communication and the Role of Citizens

    Maria Paola Ferretti


    Nancy E. Snow is Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. Her recent publications include Understanding Virtue: Theory and Measurement with Jennifer Cole Wright and Michael T. Warren, and Contemporary Virtue Ethics.

    Maria Silvia Vaccarezza is Assistant Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Genova (Italy), and Secretary of Aretai – Center on Virtues, based at the same university. Among the journals where she has published lately are: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, the Review of Philosophy and Psychology, the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, and the Journal of Value Inquiry.