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Moon landing conspiracy, Illuminati conspiracy, 9/11 or Bielefeld conspiracy - those who want to know how conspiracy theories work, and what differentiates them from other theories, have come to the right place. Karl Hepfer's philosophical analysis lays bare for the first time the structural characteristics of conspiratorial thinking. Using the tools of epistemology and employing numerous examples, it illuminates what differentiates conspiracy theories from our 'normal' theories, how they often manage to slip past all of our filters for preposterous explanations in the most masterful ways, and why conspiracy theories are enjoying such popularity today. The book also sharpens our vision for spotting types of argumentation that we encounter in many other places in our daily lives.