David Lanius

Research

My main area of specialisation is philosophy of language, logic, and argumentation theory. My reseach interests also include the didactics of philosophy and, in particular, the didactics of argumentation.

My current research focus

I am particularly interested in how (and whether) people change their convictions based on rational argumentation. Are good arguments ultimately convincing also to someone who does not share one’s beliefs already? How are we to deal with people who believe in “alternative facts?” Are there specific argumentative practices tied to modern populism, or is it all rhetoric?

At the moment I am examining how argumentative abilities can be effectively acquired and taught in schools and universities and how the teaching of the epistemic and reflective competencies of philosophy can help to counter fake news and populism.

Selected Publications

Books
Articles

Not yet published

  • Lanius, David (forthcoming): Argumentationskompetenz im Philosophie- und Ethikunterricht vermitteln: Was wir dafür brauchen. Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Philosophie und Ethik. Erscheint 2022.
  • Jaster, Romy & David Lanius (forthcoming): Was ist Wissen? In: Theoretisches Philosophieren und Lebensweltorientierung (hrsg. von Bettina Bussmann). Erscheint 2022 bei Metzler.
  • Jaster, Romy & David Lanius (manuscript): Conspiracy theories: how weird must one be to believe weird things?
  • Jaster, Romy & David Lanius (manuscript): Bullshit, Norms, and Politics.
  • Kazmaier, Kathrin & David Lanius (manuscript): Argumentationskompetenzen vermitteln: Der Deutsch- und Philosophieunterricht im Vergleich.
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