Topoi (2018) 37:1–2 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11245-017-9526-0 1 1 Christian Quast · Markus Seidel Published online: 6 December 2017 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2017 1 The Philosophy of Expertise Do we have any reasonable alternative to expertise or is our trust in experts plainly unavoidable? In modern societies it is virtually impossible to abstain from Individuals or collectives: what is a proper subject of trust in expert advice: be it in everyday contexts such as expertise? asking the train attendant about the arrival time at the next station or in scientific contexts, in which research projects However, despite the pervasive use of experts not only of so-called ‘Big Science’ demand the cooperation of many in scientific practices and the increasing interest in the con- scientists. As a matter of fact, the omnipresent phenome- ceptual and epistemological issues concerning expertise, the non of expertise has been in disciplinary focus especially philosophical discussion about experts and expertise must be by sociologists (see e.g. Collins and Evans 2007 and; Col- said to be still in fledgling stages. Indeed, the study of vari- lins 2014) and psychologists (see e.g. Ericsson et al. 2006). ous forms of expertise did not reveal a definite answer to any
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