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A Taxonomy of Wishful ThinkingWishful thinking is frequently understood in epistemic terms, i.e., as non-epistemic values playing some kind of illegitimate role in arriving at a conclusion. In this talk, we argue that the problems with many apparent cases of “wishful thinking” can be more fruitfully analyzed by identifying political aspects that are independent of the epistemological issues. Attention to these political aspects of wishful thinking highlights the fact that the hazards in many cases of apparent wishful thinking are only indirectly or ambiguously epistemic.
Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Lyman Briggs College & Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife & Dept. of Philosophy
Michigan State University