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Second Applied Epistemology Workshop

September 22, 2023 - September 23, 2023

Second Applied Epistemology Workshop

The Epistemology of Science Communication: New Directions

Registration for this event is required. Please register HERE.

The second AEP workshop will be on the epistemology of science communication. It will be held on September 22-23, 2023 at UNC Chapel Hill, and will feature talks by:

  • Nathan Ballantyne & Jared Celniker (Philosophy/Psychology, Arizona State)
  • Justin Biddle (Public Policy, Georgia Tech)
  • Carole Lee (Philosophy, University of Washington)
  • Robin McKenna (Philosophy, Liverpool)
  • Cailin O’Connor (LPS, UC Irvine)
  • William Sandoval (School of Education, UCLA)
  • Dannagal Young (Communication/Political Science, Delaware)

Workshop description: In an age of widespread narratives about public distrust of scientific experts, researchers across the social sciences and philosophy have investigated how to enhance public trust in science and how to communicate scientific findings more effectively. But there are a range of normative epistemological questions underlying these discussions on which the literature is still nascent. Are there conditions under which distrust of scientific experts is rational? What institutional processes (e.g., peer review, evaluation of research, and open access) would make scientific work more worthy of public trust? How, if at all, should laypeople without scientific training approach the consumption of scientific research? This workshop will aim to explore these and related questions with a group of scholars across disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, education, and communication), and to crystallize an agenda for the epistemology of science communication.

The workshop will begin at 1pm on Friday, September 22, and run all day on Saturday, September 23. Find draft schedule HERE.


Caldwell Hall
240 E. Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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