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A Role for Judgment Aggregation in Coauthoring Scientific Papers

Bright, Liam Kofi and Dang, Haixin and Heesen, Remco (2018) A Role for Judgment Aggregation in Coauthoring Scientific Papers. Erkenntnis, 83 (2). pp. 231-252. ISSN 0165-0106

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Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of judgment aggregation in science. How should scientists decide which propositions to assert in a collaborative document? We distinguish the question of what to write in a collaborative document from the question of collective belief. We argue that recent objections to the application of the formal literature on judgment aggregation to the problem of judgment aggregation in science apply to the latter, not the former question. The formal literature has introduced various desiderata for an aggregation procedure. Proposition-wise majority voting emerges as a procedure that satisfies all desiderata which represent norms of science. An interesting consequence is that not all collaborating scientists need to endorse every proposition asserted in a collaborative document.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Bright, Liam Kofilbright@andrew.cmu.edu
Dang, Haixinhad27@pitt.edu
Heesen, Remcoremco.heesen@uwa.edu.au0000-0003-3823-944X
Additional Information: This paper is published in Erkenntnis under open access.
Keywords: Philosophy of science Collaboration Judgment aggregation Social epistemology
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Remco Heesen
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2018 15:53
Item ID: 14839
Journal or Publication Title: Erkenntnis
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10670-017-9887-1
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10670-017-9887-1
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Science Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: April 2018
Page Range: pp. 231-252
Volume: 83
Number: 2
ISSN: 0165-0106
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14839

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