Good news, bad news, fake news

Duncan Pritchard

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract / Description of output

An account is offered of the nature of fake news, and it is explained how this account differs from the main proposals in the contemporary philosophical literature in this regard. One key feature of the account is the idea that fake news is not a genuine form of news. In particular, fake news is to be distinguished from genuine news that is epistemically problematic. It is argued that this point is important because it entails that what is required to differentiate news with a sound epistemic pedigree from news that has a poor epistemic pedigree is distinct from what is required to differentiate genuine news from fake news. This has implications for how we should manage the challenge posed by fake news, at both the individual and the structural levels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Epistemology of Fake News
EditorsSven Bernecker, Amy K. Flowerree, Thomas Grundmann
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191896255
ISBN (Print)9780198863977
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Publication series

NameEngaging Philosophy
PublisherOxford University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • fake news
  • epistemic pedigree
  • epistemic virtue
  • misinformation
  • intellectual humility


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