Authority of social expertise

This case study focuses on the authority of economists, sociologists, anthropologists, and similar social knowledge-producers, as compared to medical and natural scientists. In this case we will (1) map out the scepticism that social scientific expertise has been facing historically and faces now, and (2) formulate a broad defence of social expertise along with principles for its legitimacy, determining whether value-laden and technology-driven social expertise is compatible with objectivity, moral pluralism, and political neutrality.

Anna Alexandrovna

Federico Brandmayr

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