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Consensual Decision-Making Among Epistemic Peers

Hartmann, Stephan and Martini, Carlo and Sprenger, Jan (2009) Consensual Decision-Making Among Epistemic Peers. [Preprint]

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    This paper focuses on the question of how to resolve disagreement, and uses the Lehrer-Wagner model as a formal tool for investigating consensual decision-making. The main result consists in a general definition of when agents treat each other as epistemic peers (Kelly 2005; Elga 2007), and a theorem vindicating the "equal weight view" to resolve disagreement among epistemic peers. We apply our findings to an analysis of the impact of social network structures on group deliberation processes, and we demonstrate their stability with the help of numerical simulations.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: The paper will appear in a special issue of the journal Episteme.
    Keywords: Formal social epistemology, consensus, disagreement, epistemic peers, equal weight view, social networks
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    General Issues > Decision Theory
    General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Specific Sciences > Sociology
    Specific Sciences > Economics
    Depositing User: Stephan Hartmann
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4491

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