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Technical Knowledge in Public Deliberation: Toward a Constructivist Theory of Contributory Expertise

Frank Fischer

in Democracy and Expertise: Reorienting Policy Inquiry

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199282838
eISBN:
9780191712487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282838.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter turns to the difficult question of who should have the authority and legitimacy to speak about the technical dimensions of policy issues. Toward this end, the analysis engages the ... More


Avoiding the Experimenters' Regress Avoiding the Experimenters' Regress Allan Franklin

Allan Franklin

in A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195117257
eISBN:
9780199785995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195117255.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Harry Collins claims that there are no internal methods for evaluating the validity of scientific techniques. Experimental results are accepted only after a process of negotiation between parties ... More


Peace at Last?

Steven Weinberg

in The One Culture?: A Conversation about Science

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226467221
eISBN:
9780226467245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0024
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Although scientists recognize that their theories often bear the stamp of the social environment in which they are formulated, some like to think of this as an impurity, some slag left amid the ... More


Real Essences and Human Experience

N. David Mermin

in The One Culture?: A Conversation about Science

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226467221
eISBN:
9780226467245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

No reliable body of knowledge can be undermined by viewing its acquisition as a collective human activity. Indeed the chapter goeso beyond Harry Collins and maintains that scientists can benefit from ... More


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