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

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Symposium: The Public Understanding of Science: Philosophical & Empirical Approaches

Saturday, 5 November 2016
09:00 - 11:45

Chastain J (6th Floor)

Chair: Miriam Solomon, Temple University

The U.S. (among other nations) has a serious “science literacy” problem. As repeatedly documented in surveys and corroborated by our everyday experience in the public sphere, there are yawning gaps between the scientific consensus — e.g., about human-caused global warming or the safety of common childhood vaccines — and what the lay public (in many affluent nations) believes about these matters. A number of explanations for this state of affairs and prescriptions for response have been proposed. This symposium will broach both the epistemic and political dimensions of these analyses and suggestions from philosophical and psychological perspectives.

On the Epistemic Significance of Predictive Success
Chris Haufe, Case Western Reserve University,
The Public Understanding of What? Layperson's Epistemic Needs, the Division of Cognitive Labor, and the Demarcation of Science
Arnon Keren, University of Haifa,
Epistemic Equality and Public Participation in Science: A Model of Distributive Epistemic Justice in the Context of Justification
Boaz Miller, Bar Ilan University,
Meital Pinto, Carmel Academic Center,
Understanding and Trusting Science
Matthew Slater, Bucknell University,
Joanna Huxster, Bucknell University,
Understanding and Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory in the United States
Deena Skolnick Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania,
S. Emlen Metz, University of Pennsylvania,
Michael Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania,


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