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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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Where Disagreements Can Lie

Where Disagreements Can Lie

Attending to Values in Policy

10 Where Disagreements Can Lie
The Fight Against Doubt

Inmaculada de Melo-Martín

Kristen Intemann

Oxford University Press

Chapter 10 proposes a second recommendation to deal with the negative adverse effects that normatively inappropriate dissent (NID) can have: it calls for a recognition of the limits of scientific evidence when it comes to public policymaking and for an increased focus on potential differences in the values that underlie policy decisions. It contends that while confusion and doubt about the existing empirical evidence or about its strength can contribute to stalled policies, disagreements about values can also play a significant role. Such disagreements can involve what people take to be valuable, how to interpret shared values, how to weigh conflicting values, and what policies are better for promoting certain valuable goals.

Keywords:   value, public policy, epistemic trust, normatively inappropriate dissent, climate change, climate skepticism, vaccine skepticism, genetically modified products

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