The Social Epistemology of Coronavirus
This module focuses on how the pandemic is affecting our ability to acquire knowledge through digital technology and on how digital technology is affecting our ability to acquire knowledge about the pandemic.
- Lecture: Introduction Video
The focus of my research and teaching is social epistemology. That is, I study how people can acquire knowledge in a social world. In particular, I am interested in both the positive and negative impacts of digital technology on our ability to acquire knowledge. The internet and smartphones give us easy access to immense computing power and huge databases. Social media and videoconferencing facilitate communication and collaboration with large numbers of people at great distances from us. But these digital technologies can also diminish the influence of traditional information gatekeepers, promote belief polarization, and facilitate online deception.
- Lecture: The Future of Lying and the Pandemic
- Reading: Don Fallis, “The Future of Lying in the Era of the Coronavirus”
Professor Of Philosophy and Computer Science
Don Fallis is a Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science at Northeastern University. His research interests include epistemology, philosophy of information, and philosophy of mathematics. His articles on lying and deception have appeared in the J…