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Vices of the MindFrom the Intellectual to the Political$
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Quassim Cassam

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826903.001.0001

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Vicious Thinking

Vicious Thinking

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(p.53) 3 Vicious Thinking
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Vices of the Mind
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Quassim Cassam

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826903.003.0003

Judicial thinking in the Birmingham Six trials is used to illustrate the category of thinking vices, epistemically vicious ways of thinking that are distinct from character vices. Thinking that is epistemically vicious in some respect or other isn’t the exclusive preserve of thinkers with the corresponding character vice. There are vices of slow thinking and of fast thinking. Some vicious thinking, such as conspiracy thinking, is only conditionally vicious. A distinction is drawn between thinking vices proper and subject-specific thinking vices and it is argued that the extent to which a given piece of thinking is epistemically vicious is determined by the extent to which it displays thinking vices proper.

Keywords:   Birmingham Six, thinking vices, fast thinking, slow thinking, conspiracy thinking

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