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

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Understanding and Trusting Science

Science communication via testimony requires a certain level of trust. But in the context of ideologically-entangled scientific issues, trust is in short supply—particularly when the issues are politically “entangled”. In such cases, cultural values are better predictors than scientific literacy for whether agents trust public claims of science. In our paper, we argue that the most popular way of thinking about scientific literacy—as knowledge of particular scientific claims—ought to give way to a second-order understanding of science as a process. We describe an empirical study of whether such understanding is predictive of greater trust in science.

Author Information:

Matthew Slater    
Department of Philosophy
Bucknell University

Joanna Huxster    
Bucknell University

 

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