Credibility and Trust 033110

Credibility and Trust 033110 - STS 2011/SOC 2100 March 31,...

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Epistemic authority versus moral authority Steve Shapin: “On what grounds…do we trust scientists to tell the truth about the natural world?” Trust is central to knowledge in general, and also central to scientific knowledge Trust is personal 2
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Prior to 17 th Century, trust and authority was granted to traditional texts and testimonies 17 th Century: caution of reliance on tradition Solitary knower: “epistemic individualism” “Gentlemanly” testimonies Resulted in new empirical practices for science By mid 19th to 20th century Rise and establishment of rhetoric of “impersonal” criteria for science 3 Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice
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Scientific life depends on trust Reagents Equipment Routines/methods Unpublished/published findings Trust in science allows for distrust/skepticism Personal characteristics, familiar people, and their virtues have always pertinent to the making,
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2010 for the course S&TS 2011 taught by Professor Pinch,t. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell.

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Credibility and Trust 033110 - STS 2011/SOC 2100 March 31,...

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