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The Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology

Edited by: Michael Hannon , Jeroen de Ridder

Print publication date:  April  2021
Online publication date:  April  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367345907
eBook ISBN: 9780429326769
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429326769
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Book description

As political discourse had 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 41 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, and 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, 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, as well as the views of Plato, Aristotle, Mòz?, medieval Islamic philosophers, Mill, Arendt, and Rawls on truth and politics.

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

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  General introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Democracy and knowledge in ancient Greece Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Identifying upward Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Epistemology and politics in Islamic Philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Mill, liberalism, and epistemic diversity Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Hannah Arendt and the role of truth in politics  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Politics, truth, post-truth, and postmodernism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Tyranny, tribalism, and post-truth politics Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The polarization of American politics Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Politics, deep disagreement, and relativism Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Epistemic Permissivism and Reasonable Pluralism Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Political disagreement Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Epistemic networks and polarization Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Affective polarization, evidence, and evidentialism Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The point of political belief Download PDF
Chapter  16:  What is fake news? Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The cognitive science of fake news Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Filter bubbles, echo chambers, online communities Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Modeling how false beliefs spread Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Regulating the spread of online misinformation Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Propaganda, irrationality, and group agency Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Is political ignorance rational?  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Pragmatic encroachment and political ignorance Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Is political irrationality a myth? Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The irrational attempt to impute irrationality to one’s political opponents Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Asymmetrical irrationality Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Epistemic vices, ideologies, and false consciousness Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Engaging closed-mindedly with your polluted media feed Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Virtues and vices in public and political debates Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Vices of the privileged and virtues of the oppressed in epistemic group dynamics  Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Epistemic corruption and political institutions Download PDF
Chapter  32:  An epistemic argument for democracy Download PDF
Chapter  33:  In defense of epistocracy Download PDF
Chapter  34:  A pragmatist epistemic argument for democracy Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Epistemic norms of political deliberation Download PDF
Chapter  36:  The epistemic responsibilities of citizens in a democracy Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The epistemic case for non-electoral forms of democracy Download PDF
Chapter  38:  The role of scientific expertise in democracy Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Experts, public policy, and the question of trust Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Testimony, deference, and value Download PDF
Chapter  41:  The skeptic and the climate change skeptic Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Online trust and distrust Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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