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Norms of advocacy

October 16, 2013

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In  Virtues of Argumentation. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), 22-26 May 2013, edited by D. Mohammed & M. Lewiński. Windsor, ON: OSSA, 2013. This essay advances an account of the ordinary speech activity of advocating. The ethical principles developed within advocacy professions such as law […]

L’autorità di Wikipedia

July 4, 2013

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Sistemi Intelligenti 25 (2013) 9-38; very kindly translated by Fabio Paglieri from the original. Philosophers of argumentation and of testimony suggest that we can rely on what someone says because of its epistemic merits. If so, then we should never credit Wikipedia, since we cannot assess what its anonymous contributors know. I propose instead that […]

Between Scientists & Citizens: Proceedings of a Conference at Iowa State University, June 1-2, 2012

July 26, 2012

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41 papers at the intersection of expertise, civic controversies, and communication.

Lippmann, the indispensable opposition

July 14, 2012

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Lippmann's thoroughgoing pessimism may lead us to a better understanding of the role of communication in public deliberations between scientists and citizens.

Good reasons for trusting climate science communication

July 14, 2012

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Scientists can earn trust--but only by making themselves vulnerable.

Accounting for the appeal to the authority of experts

July 14, 2012

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Experts have methods for earning the trust of lay audiences--but using their authority is costly. I explain how.

Trust in experts as a principal-agent problem

July 14, 2012

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Principal-agent theory can help us understand some of the reasons we may have for distrusting experts--and how that distrust can be addressed.

Theorists’ and practitioners’ spatial metaphors for argumentation: A corpus-based approach

July 14, 2012

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Theorists use spatial metaphors to emphasize how one proposition follows from another. Practitioners use spatial metaphors to emphasize how people stand by their propositions. Each group can learn from the other.

The authority of the IPCC First Assessment Report and the manufacture of consensus

July 14, 2012

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"Consensus" as the strategy selected by scientists associated with the IPCC--a poor rhetorical choice.

Maslin v. Morano

July 14, 2012

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In a close textual analysis of a short debate, I show how an outstanding scientist is unable to simultaneously exert his authority and to advocate effectively--especially when up against an outstanding advocate on the other side.

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