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

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The Geography of Epistemic Risk

At each stage of inquiry, our actions, choices, and judgments carry with them a risk that they will lead us towards mistakes and false conclusions. One of the most vigorously discussed kinds of epistemic risk is ‘inductive risk’ - that is, the risk of inferring a false positive or a false negative from statistical evidence. We develop a more fine-grained typology of epistemic risks and argue that many of the epistemic risks that have been classified as ‘inductive risks’ are actually better seen as examples of a more expansive category.

Author Information:

Justin Biddle    
School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Rebecca Kukla    
Department of Philosophy and The Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Georgetown University


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