Browsing All posts tagged under »conceptual work«

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.

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.

What, in practice, is an argument?

July 14, 2012

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In this paper, I try to reach past our theories and capture a conception of argument held by practitioners.

Institutions for argument: Cultivating the formation of collective intent

July 13, 2012

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Argumentation, while it seldom resolves issues, does create conditions under which collective intentions can more securely be ascribed.

Designing premises

July 13, 2012

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But how do people who disagree--often deeply--manage to locate the shared premises they need in order to have an argument?