Philosophy Colloquium, Gürol Irzık

Gürol Irzık (Sabancı) 

“Epistemic Public Trust in Science

Date: Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Time: 1540-1715

Place: H-232

Abstract: In this presentation I provide an analysis of public’s having warranted epistemic trust in science, that is, the conditions under which the public may be said to have well-placed trust in the scientists as providers of information. I distinguish between basic and enhanced epistemic trust in science and provide necessary conditions for both. I then present the controversy regarding the (alleged) connection between autism and measles-mumps-rubella vaccination as a case study to illustrate the offered analysis. The realization of warranted epistemic public trust in science requires various societal conditions, which I briefly introduce in the concluding section.


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