In this book, authors engage in an interdisciplinary discourse of theory and practice on the concept of personal conviction, addressing the variety of grey zones that mark the concept.

Bias, Belief, and Conviction in an Age of Fake Facts discusses where our convictions come from and whether we are aware of them, why they compel us to certain actions, and whether we can change our convictions when presented with opposing evidence, which prove our personal convictions "wrong". Scholars from philosophy, psychology, comparative literature, media studies, applied linguistics, intercultural communication, and education shed light on the topic of personal conviction, crossing disciplinary boundaries and asking questions not only of importance to scholars but also related to the role and possible impact of conviction in the public sphere, education, and in political and cultural discourse.

By taking a critical look at personal conviction as an element of inquiry within the humanities and social sciences, this book will contribute substantially to the study of conviction as an aspect of the self we all carry within us and are called upon to examine. It will be of particular interest to scholars in communication and journalism studies, media studies, philosophy, and psychology.

The Open Access version of this book has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003187936/bias-belief-conviction-age-fake-facts-anke-finger-manuela-wagner

chapter 1|10 pages


New Parameters for Bias, Belief and Conviction: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Personal Positions and their Justification
ByAnke Finger, Manuela Wagner
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chapter 2|18 pages

Political Conviction

ByMichael P. Lynch
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chapter 3|15 pages

Manifesto Moments

Conviction, Reasonable Dissent, and “Vanguards of the Future”
ByAnke Finger
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chapter 5|27 pages

“I believe because it is absurd”; or, pseudoscience

ByJustin E. H. Smith
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chapter 6|13 pages

Conviction, Contemplation, and “Making a Difference”

ByMatthew Pianalto
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chapter 7|18 pages

Bad and Good Beliefs? On the Role of Conviction in Religion

ByAdrian Hermann
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chapter 8|17 pages

The Psycho-Social Function of Moral Conviction

ByJennifer Cole Wright
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chapter 9|22 pages

Moderating Conviction Through Civility in Education

ByDeborah S. Mower
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chapter 10|25 pages

Intellectual Humility, Conviction, and Intercultural Citizenship Education

ByManuela Wagner, Michael Byram
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chapter 11|21 pages

In Pursuit of the Dialogic Classroom

Designing Spaces for Conviction
ByJohn Sarrouf
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Making a Difference for (Self-)Reflection and Dialogue
ByManuela Wagner, Anke Finger
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