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CHOOSING EXPERT STATISTICAL ADVICE: PRACTICAL COSTS AND EPISTEMIC JUSTIFICATION

González De Prado Salas, Javier and Teira, David (2015) CHOOSING EXPERT STATISTICAL ADVICE: PRACTICAL COSTS AND EPISTEMIC JUSTIFICATION. Episteme, 12 (1). pp. 117-129. ISSN 1742-3600

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Abstract

We discuss the role of practical costs in the epistemic justification of a novice choosing expert advice, taking as a case study the choice ofan expert statistician by a lay politician. First, we refine Goldman’s criteria for the assessment of this choice, showing how the costs of not being impartial impinge on the epistemic justification of the different actors involved in the choice. Then, drawing on two case studies, we discuss in which institutional setting the costs of partiality can play an epistemic role. This way we intend to show how the sociological explanation of the choice of experts can incorporate its epistemic justification.


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González De Prado Salas, Javier
Teira, David
Keywords: experts epistemic justification practical costs
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Prof. David Teira
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2020 19:03
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2020 19:03
Item ID: 18146
Journal or Publication Title: Episteme
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1017/epi.2014.30
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1017/epi.2014.30
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 117-129
Volume: 12
Number: 1
ISSN: 1742-3600
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18146

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