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Well-Ordered Science and Public Trust in Science

Irzik, Gürol and Kurtulmus, Faik (2018) Well-Ordered Science and Public Trust in Science. [Preprint]

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Building, restoring and maintaining well-placed trust between scientists and the public is a difficult yet crucial social task requiring the successful cooperation of various social actors and institutions. Philip Kitcher’s (2011) takes up this challenge in the context of liberal democratic societies by extending his ideal model of “well-ordered science” that he had originally formulated in his (2001). However, Kitcher nowhere offers an explicit account of what it means for the public to invest epistemic trust in science. Yet in order to understand how his extended model and its implementation in the actual world address the problem of trust as well as to evaluate it critically, an explicit account of epistemic public trust in science needs to be given first. In this article we first present such an account and then scrutinize his project of building public trust in science in light of it. We argue that even though Kitcher’s ideal model and his proposals for its implementation in the real world face a number of problems, they can be addressed with the resources of our account.

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Item Type: Preprint
Irzik, Gü
Keywords: Public trust, well-ordered science, inductive risk, diversity
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Dr. Faik Kurtulmus
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2018 21:21
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2018 21:21
Item ID: 15369
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-018-02022-7
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 2018

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