Chapter 3 of our text discusses the branch of philosophy called epistemology, “the study of human knowledge—how we get it, what it is, whether we have it, or why we don’t” (191). But another significant question is: are we morally responsible for our relationship to knowledge, or more specifically, truth? Many of the current problems in our society are directly related to the belief in and spread of false information, and while philosophical questions might often seem abstract and removed from daily life, sadly, people are being injured and murdered as a result of people spreading false information: how people act in relation to what they believe can literally have deadly consequences.Read the article “How Do We Get to Herd Immunity for Fake News?”, watch the below video, and then do/answer the following:
Choose a quote (must be a complete sentence) from the article that caught your attention and discuss why it did, specifically, how it relates to our relationship with truth.
Summarize W.K. Clifford’s argument (discussed in the video) with regard to epistemic responsibility (the example about the shipowner is NOT his argument; it is an example meant to illustrate the argument), and then respond to his argument: do you agree or disagree with Clifford? Give reasons and perhaps examples to defend your response.
Link of the video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYkhlXronNk&feature=emb_imp_woyt
Link of the Article- https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/14/opinion/trump-voter-fraud-education.html?searchResultPosition=5
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