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Online illusions of understanding

Posted on 19 October 2020 by Jeroen de Ridder

An online intellectual paradise? The internet and social media provide us with plenty of opportunities to educate ourselves, to learn new things, and to deepen our understanding. A world of knowledge at your fingertips, as the slogan goes. This might seem like an intellectual paradise. And in many ways, it is. Judicious use of the
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Responsibilities of the Media: Are Journalists Responsible for Publishing the Truth?

Posted on 5 October 2020 by Daniella Meehan

In 2016, a Daily Mail journalist who broke the scandalous story that David Cameron had placed his private parts in the mouth of a dead pig (aka ‘Piggate’), made the shocking revelation that she lacked any evidence for the sensationalist claim. By this time, the story had been reported by dozens of newspapers and shared
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With a little help from our civic friends?

Posted on 21 September 2020 by Ana Gavran Milos

Nebojša Zelič                               Ana Gavran Miloš To speak of friendship in a political context is not particularly appealing for several reasons. First of all, friendship is the kind of relationship we have in our private and intimate domain. Friendship implies partiality, while
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Why are we so polarized, and how can we move forward? A perspective from social epistemology.

Posted on 7 September 2020 by John Greco

Contemporary academic philosophy has recently taken a “social turn” regarding the way it thinks about knowledge and related issues.  Put differently, philosophy has turned away from the traditional ideal of a self-sufficient inquirer, doing his or her best to figure out what is reasonable to believe, in favor of a conception of knowledge that emphasizes
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