Kathrin Glüer-Pagin recently participated in Lund’s Filosofiska Föreningens last research seminar for the semester. Her talk was titled Reflections on Knowledge Resistance, Fact Polarization, and Motivated Reasoning.
From the abstract:
Talk about knowledge or fact resistance and polarization is everywhere in public debate. Such talk often remains loose and metaphorical, yet aims at capturing something important and potentially dangerous. In this talk, I shall reflect on how to usefully understand the core phenomena of knowledge or fact resistance and polarization. I shall also look at one kind of psychological mechanism possibly underlying knowledge resistance: motivated reasoning. That politically motivated reasoning is one of the major factors explaining fact polarization is the currently dominant hypothesis, but things are complicated.