Lawrence Shapiro & Steven Nadler - "When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People" - Sandy Goldberg

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Lawrence Shapiro and Steven Nadler

Join us for a conversation with Lawrence Shapiro and Steven Nadler on their book, When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People. They will be joined in discussion by Sandy Goldberg.

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About the book: There is an epidemic of bad thinking in the world today. An alarming number of people are embracing crazy, even dangerous ideas. They believe that vaccinations cause autism. They reject the scientific consensus on climate change as a "hoax." And they blame the spread of COVID-19 on the 5G network or a Chinese cabal. Worse, bad thinking drives bad acting--it even inspired a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol. In this book, Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro argue that the best antidote for bad thinking is the wisdom, insights, and practical skills of philosophy. When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People provides an engaging tour through the basic principles of logic, argument, evidence, and probability that can make all of us more reasonable and responsible citizens.

When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People shows how we can more readily spot and avoid flawed arguments and unreliable information; determine whether evidence supports or contradicts an idea; distinguish between merely believing something and knowing it; and much more. In doing so, the book reveals how epistemology, which addresses the nature of belief and knowledge, and ethics, the study of moral principles that should govern our behavior, can reduce bad thinking. Moreover, the book shows why philosophy's millennia-old advice about how to lead a good, rational, and examined life is essential for escaping our current predicament. In a world in which irrationality has exploded to deadly effect, When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People is a timely and essential guide for a return to reason.

About the authors: Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is the director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities. His books include Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die and (with Ben Nadler) Heretics!: The Wondrous and Dangerous Beginnings of Modern Philosophy (both Princeton).

Lawrence Shapiro is the Berent Enç Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include The Miracle Myth and Embodied Cognition.

About the interlocutor: Sandy Goldberg is Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, and Professorial Fellow at the Arché Research Center, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. His research focuses on topics in the theory of knowledge and in the philosophy of language. Recent work includes Foundations and Applications of Social Epistemology (OUP: 2021), Conversational Pressure (OUP: 2020), To the Best of Our Knowledge (OUP: 2018), and Assertion (OUP: 2015).

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