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Title: Is Epistemic Trust of Veritistic Value?
Authors: Betz, Gregor
Baurmann, Michael
Cramm, Rainer
Keywords: Epistemic trustcompetence ascriptionveritistic valueopinion dynamicsbounded confidencesimulation
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Gregor Betz, Michael Baurmann, Rainer Cramm, "Is Epistemic Trust of Veritistic Value?", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XV (2013) 2, pp. 25–41.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XV (2013) 2
Epistemic trust figures prominently in our socio-cognitive practices. By assigning different
(relative) degrees of competence to agents, we distinguish between experts and novices and
determine the trustworthiness of testimony. This paper probes the claim that epistemic
trust furthers our epistemic enterprise. More specifically, it assesses the veritistic value of
competence attribution in an epistemic community, i.e., in a group of agents that collaboratively
seek to track down the truth. The results, obtained by simulating opinion dynamics,
tend to subvert the very idea that competence ascription is essential for the functioning of
epistemic collaboration and hence veritistically valuable. On the contrary, we find that, in
specific circumstances at least, epistemic trust may prevent a community from finding the
truth effectively.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2013) XV/2

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