PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Local Knowledge: Expertise, Method, and Value (Sponsored by the Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable)

Thursday, 3 November 2016
09:00 - 10:30

Piedmont 4 (12th Floor)

Chair: Alison Wylie, University of Washington

This panel will explore the epistemological and normative character of local knowledge and its relationship to social science. Local knowledge of the social and natural world arises from a lifetime of experience. While local expertise is a substantial part of the evidence for social science, it also plays a role in the environmental sciences. Local knowledge raises three issues to be discussed by the panelists: (1) How can local knowledge be used as evidence for understanding social mechanisms? (2) How are local expertise and scientific knowledge related? And (3) how are the values implicit in local expertise to be managed in social scientific inquiry?

The dam project: Who are the experts?
Eleonora Montuschi, University of Venice Ca' Foscari,
Pierluigi Barrotta, University of Pisa,
Prospects for a Theory of Evidence for Non-Quantitative Methods
Jaakko Kuorikoski, University of Helsinki,
Values in Qualitative Data Collection
Julie Zahle, University of Copenhagen,


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