This is only vaguely on topic due to Hagen's research interests, but have you ever explored the philosophical literature on conspiracy theories? David Coady is one of the leading figures in that literature:http://www.utas.edu.au/humanities/people/philosophy-profiles/David-CoadyThe 2006 edited volume mentioned there would probably be of interest to you.
Anyway, the pdf you posted is a nice resource.
The title certainly looks interesting. Have you read any of his stuff on conspiracy theories?
His book is a little pricey. I guess I would try a library.
That price is so dumb.Haven't gotten into the conspiracy book, though I've looked at his "applied epistemology" book called What to Believe Now. If I remember correctly, the conspiracy book has a variety of views, but Coady's view is actually friendly to conspiracy theories in general - I think he defends the thesis that they are an important epistemic contribution to society, and that marginalizing them decreases the rationality of commonly held beliefs. But I'm not sure about the details.
Fascinating. I'm curious if he mentions 9/11.
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