David Lanius

Research

My main area of specialisation is philosophy of language, epistemology, logic, and argumentation theory. I am interested in how to make philosophy fruitful to societal issues and in how to teach philosophy to students in universities and schools. Part of my research concerns thus questions of applied philosophy, philosophy of education, and the didactics of philosophy.

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

  • Jaster, Romy & David Lanius (forthcoming): “The Concept of Fake News“ in Alex Wiegmann et al. (ed.): Lying, Fake News, and Bullshit, London: Bloomsbury.
  • Jaster, Romy & David Lanius (forthcoming): “Was ist Wissen?” in Bettina Bussmann (ed.): Theoretisches Philosophieren und Lebensweltorientierung, Heidelberg: Metzler.
  • Kazmaier, Kathrin & David Lanius (forthcoming): “Eine Analyse deutschdidaktischer Zugänge zum Argumentieren” in David Löwenstein et al. (ed.): Argumentieren im Philosophie- und Ethikunterricht.
  • Lanius, David (forthcoming): “Was heißt es, konstruktiv zu streiten? Zur Förderung demokratischer Grundbildung durch Kontroversen im Unterricht”, Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie.
  • Bohlmann, Markus, Jonathan Geiger, David Lanius, Patrick Maisenhölder, Tim Moser, Jörg Noller & Maria Schwartz (forthcoming): “On the Use of YouTube, Digital Games, Argument Maps, and Digital Feedback in Teaching Philosophy”, Journal of Didactics of Philosophy.
  • 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.
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