Popper Revisited, or What Is Wrong With Conspiracy Theories?

  title={Popper Revisited, or What Is Wrong With Conspiracy Theories?},
  author={Charles R. Pigden},
  journal={Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  pages={3 - 34}
  • C. Pigden
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Conpiracy theories are widely deemed to be superstitious. Yet history appears to be littered with conspiracies successful and otherwise. (For this reason, "cock-up" theories cannot in general replace conspiracy theories, since in many cases the cock-ups are simply failed conspiracies.) Why then is it silly to suppose that historical events are sometimes due to conspiracy? The only argument available to this author is drawn from the work of the late Sir Karl Popper, who criticizes what he calls… 

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