M R. X. Dentith on conspiracy theory and conspiracy theory theory

I am M R. X. Dentith, PhD (Auckland), and I am the author of The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories (Palgrave, 2014), the first single author, book-length treatment of the philosophical issues surrounding conspiracy theory. I am also the editor of Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), an edited collection of the most recent work on Conspiracy Theory Theory. I have been a Fellow in the Institute for Research in the Humanities (ICUB) at the University of Bucharest, and the New Europe College in Bucharest.

My current research project focuses on conspiracy theory, conspiracy theory theory, and secrecy.

Check out my YouTube series, Conspiracism here.

E-mail: m [dot] dentith [at] mrxdentith [dot] com

Twitter: @conspiracism

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This site hosts my blog, list of public lectures and media appearances, links to my published research, and the podcast I co-host with Josh Addison.

Recent work

‘Taking Conspiracy Theories Seriously,’ Rowman and Littlefield, 2018 – a new edited collection of the most cutting edge work on conspiracy theory. The book has been described by Joe Uscinski as ‘an essential collection for anyone seeking to truly understand conspiracy theories and the people who believe them.’

‘The Problem of Conspiracism,’ Argumenta 3(2), 2018, pp. 327-343. DOI: 10.23811/58.arg2017.den – a paper in which I distinguish between conspiracy theorists and a potential subset of problematic conspiracy theorists, the conspiracists.

‘Conspiracy theories on the basis of the evidence,’ Synthese, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-017-1532-7 – a survey of the way in which the evidence is used with respect to conspiracy theories, and how many of those supposedly suspicious evidential practices are routinely used against conspiracy theories.