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The Fight Against DoubtHow to Bridge the Gap Between Scientists and the Public$
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Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen Intemann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190869229

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190869229.001.0001

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Dissent and Its Discontents

Dissent and Its Discontents

(p.1) 1 Dissent and Its Discontents
The Fight Against Doubt

Inmaculada de Melo-Martín

Kristen Intemann

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter presents the philosophical approach used in this book to deal with the problematic epistemic and social consequences of some scientific dissent. It challenges approaches to this problem that focus on finding criteria to identify what the authors have termed normatively inappropriate dissent (NID), and it calls for a reframing of the problem that highlights some of the epistemic and social conditions actually contributing to making NID more damaging: scientific institutions and practices that undermine warranted public trust in science and a misunderstanding of the role of science in policy making. It also offers an overview of the book and specifically describes each of the chapters.

Keywords:   normatively inappropriate dissent, manufactured doubt, scientific dissent, climate change, vaccine skepticism, epistemic trust, values in science, policymaking, public opinion

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