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Political Epistemology, Experts, and the Aggregation of Knowledge

Turner, Stephen (2007) Political Epistemology, Experts, and the Aggregation of Knowledge. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 1 (1). pp. 36-47. ISSN 1913 0465

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Abstract

Expert claims routinely “affect, combat, refute, and negate” someone or some faction or grouping of persons. When scientists proclaim the truth of Darwinism, they refute, negate, and whatnot the Christian view of the creation, and thus Christians. When research is done on racial differences, it affects, negates, and so on, those who are negatively characterized. This is why Phillip Kitcher argues that it should be banned (2001, 95). Some truths are too dangerous to ever inquire into, because, he reasons, even by inquiring we legitimate the negation that racial distinctions already carry. Expert claims also favour or disfavour policies or decisions which have factions or persons supporting them.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Turner, Stephenturner@shell.cas.usf.edu
Keywords: political epistemology, knowledge, expertise, experts
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Jessie Hall
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 17:50
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 17:50
Item ID: 15458
Journal or Publication Title: Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
Publisher: The University of Toronto
Official URL: https://spontaneousgenerations.library.utoronto.ca...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.4245/sponge.v1i1.2970
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 8 December 2007
Page Range: pp. 36-47
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 1913 0465
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15458

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