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The Public Understanding of What? Layperson's Epistemic Needs, the Division of Cognitive Labor, and the Demarcation of Science

The paper distinguishes between two different approaches to the public understanding of science: one focused on the public's ability to understand scientific texts and the "content of science"; the other focused on its understanding of the working of the cognitive division of labor and of the place of science within it. The paper defends the claim that it is primarily the understanding of the scientific division of labor that must be advanced to address concerns about the lay public's ability to make sound decisions on science-related issues, and argues that within such effort, philosophers of science have a central role.

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Arnon Keren    
University of Haifa


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