Science, expertise and democracy

01 January 2010 → 31 December 2015
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
    • Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified
Science, expertise and democracy philosophy
Project description

Aims and phases of the project.
(a) The responsibility of the novice: scientific literacy and expertise.
(b) The responsibility of the expert: epistemic norms, values and expertise.
(c) The responsibility of society: democratizing science and expertise.
role stakeholders are allowed to play in scientific debates; a question that has not been addressed in any (d) Results.
The results we aim to obtain by going through phases (a) to (c), analysing the role of the novice, the expert and society in
dealing with scientific expertise, are located at two levels. First, we will contribute to and advance the academic
discussion in social epistemology concerning scientific expertise. On top of the partial results in each phase, we have the
ambition to develop a philosophical framework that integrates the results of phases (a) to (c). Second, we intend to
comment – on the basis of these results – on topical matters and debates concerning expertise in non-academic