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Veranstaltungstitel The Misinformation Age
Kennzeichen 50116
Veranstaltungsart Seminar
Fachgruppe Philosophie
Semester Winter 2021
Dozent(en) Olivier Roy
Empfehlung(en) Studiensemester BA höhere Fachsemester (> 6) (P&E Bachelor)
Bereich(e) V3: Verzahnungsseminar I
V4: Verzahnungsseminar II


The starting point for this course will be Cailin O'Conor and James Owen Weatherall's recent book The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread" ( This book studies the social and relational factors that underlie the spread of false beliefs and fake news in the media in general, and on social networks in particular. The book rests on a number of results in formal and computational philosophy of science. In the course we will alternate between reading the chapters of the book and the papers on which they are based. At the end of the semester the students will have a good understanding of the different mechanisms through which misinformation and false beliefs can be spread, intentionally or not, and of the underlying models that are used to study them.


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