Browsing All posts tagged under »argumentation«

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.

The authority of Wikipedia

July 14, 2012

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We don't trust Wikipedia because we're confident that the collective of editors know stuff. We trust Wikipedia because the Wikipedians love it.

When science goes public: From technical arguments to appeals to authority

July 14, 2012

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Even under favorable conditions, evidence-based technical arguments become transformed into appeals to expert authority when they enter the public sphere.