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Will Mittendorf

Will MittendorfOriginally from the Southside of Chicago, Will moved to California in 2001 to study philosophy and not be cold. 

Will has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and an M.A. in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Pitzer College. His main academic interests include democratic theory, American pragmatism, and ethics. He has written about Pragmatist democratic theory, conspiracies theories, and animal rights. 

His dissertation, Peircean Epistemic Democracy: Truth, Pluralism, and Religion, explores the epistemic basis for a theory of deliberative democracy. He argues that despite the epistemic challenges, non-mainstream forms of reasoning, such as religious language and conspiracy theories, ought to be included in democratic deliberation for the sake of discovering hidden truths, challenging the status quo, and fostering a diverse and robust democratic public sphere.

His current project is on epistemic democracy, conspiracy theories, and racial injustice.   




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