Expert Trespassing Testimony and the Ethics of Science Communication

Expert Trespassing Testimony and the Ethics of Science Communication J Gen Philos Sci https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-018-9416-1 ARTICLE Expert Trespassing Testimony and the Ethics of Science Communication Mikkel Gerken Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Scientific expert testimony is crucial to public deliberation, but it is associated with many pitfalls. This article identifies one—namely, expert trespassing testimony— which may be characterized, crudely, as the phenomenon of experts testifying outside their domain of expertise. My agenda is to provide a more precise characterization of this phenomenon and consider its ramifications for the role of science in society. I argue that expert trespassing testimony is both epistemically problematic and morally problematic. Specifically, I will argue that scientific experts are subject to a particular obligation. Roughly, this is the obligation to qualify their assertions when speaking outside their domain of scientific expertise in certain contexts. Thus, I argue that scientists who possess expert knowledge are confronted with hard questions about when and how to testify and, therefore, that being a scientific expert comes with great responsibility. Consequently, I provide a concrete ‘‘expert guideline’’ according to which scientific experts, in certain contexts, face an obligation to qualify their assertions when speaking outside their domain of expertise. Furthermore, I consider a number http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for General Philosophy of Science Springer Journals

Expert Trespassing Testimony and the Ethics of Science Communication

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; History, general; Philosophy of Education; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0925-4560
eISSN
1572-8587
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10838-018-9416-1
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J Gen Philos Sci https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-018-9416-1 ARTICLE Expert Trespassing Testimony and the Ethics of Science Communication Mikkel Gerken Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Scientific expert testimony is crucial to public deliberation, but it is associated with many pitfalls. This article identifies one—namely, expert trespassing testimony— which may be characterized, crudely, as the phenomenon of experts testifying outside their domain of expertise. My agenda is to provide a more precise characterization of this phenomenon and consider its ramifications for the role of science in society. I argue that expert trespassing testimony is both epistemically problematic and morally problematic. Specifically, I will argue that scientific experts are subject to a particular obligation. Roughly, this is the obligation to qualify their assertions when speaking outside their domain of scientific expertise in certain contexts. Thus, I argue that scientists who possess expert knowledge are confronted with hard questions about when and how to testify and, therefore, that being a scientific expert comes with great responsibility. Consequently, I provide a concrete ‘‘expert guideline’’ according to which scientific experts, in certain contexts, face an obligation to qualify their assertions when speaking outside their domain of expertise. Furthermore, I consider a number

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Journal for General Philosophy of ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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