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On the Mitigation of Inductive Risk

Contessa, Gabriele (2021) On the Mitigation of Inductive Risk. [Preprint]

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The last couple of decades have witnessed a renewed interest in the notion of inductive risk among philosophers of science. However, while it is possible to find a number of suggestions about the mitigation of inductive risk (i.e., its assessment and management) in the literature, so far these suggestions have been mostly relegated to vague marginal remarks. This paper aims to lay the groundwork for a more systematic discussion of the mitigation of inductive risk. In particular, I consider two approaches to the mitigation of inductive risk—the individualistic approach, which maintains that individual scientists are primarily responsible for the mitigation of inductive risk, and the socialized approach, according to which the responsibility for the mitigation of inductive risk should be more broadly distributed across the scientific community or, even more broadly, across society. I review some of the argument for and against the two approaches and introduce two new problems for the individualistic approach, which I call the problem of precautionary cascades and the problem of exogenous inductive risk, and I argue that a socialized approach might alleviate each of these problems.


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Contessa, Gabrieleg.contessa@gmail.com
Keywords: Inductive risk; inductive risk mitigation
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Gabriele Contessa
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 02:10
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 02:10
Item ID: 19062
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 18 May 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19062

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