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Hosted by political philosopher and Vanderbilt University professor Robert Talisse, Why We Argue is an interview podcast that brings in academics, philosophers, historians, journalists, politicians, and other notable public figures to think about the nature of truth in a time of viral misinformation. Created by Future of Truth, a project of the University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute and funded by the University of Connecticut, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Vanderbilt University.

Mar 23, 2021

Quassim Cassam is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.  You can follow him on Twitter at @QCassam

Quassim’s research focus is epistemology, the area of philosophy that deals with topics pertaining to knowledge, how it is acquired, and how it is shared.  His most current work is devoted to analyzing the various ways in which the pursuit of knowledge can be subverted.  And this has led him to investigate the idea of intellectual vices, habits of thought that systematically led us astray.  In this episode, we talk about conspiracy theories: What are they? How do they spread?  What is their relevance for democracy?

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