Ethical Economy

Experts and Consensus in Social Science

Editors: Martini, Carlo, Boumans, Marcel (Eds.)

  • Provides an new and unique interdisciplinary approach to expert consensus
  • Can be used as a handbook on expert consensus
  • Takes a normative stance on the problem of expertise
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About this book

This book brings together the research of philosophers, sociologists, and social scientists. It examines those areas of scientific practice where reliance on the subjective judgment of experts and practitioners is the main source of useful knowledge to address and possibly, bring solutions to social problems. A common phenomenon in applications of science is that objective evidence does not point to a single answer or solution, to a problem. Reliance on subjective judgment, then, becomes necessary, despite the known fact that hunches, even those of putative experts, often provide information that is not very accurate, and that experts are prone to fallacies and biases. The book looks at how experts reach consensus in the social sciences, and which experts are relevant to which problems. It aims to answer many questions, the main one being: Can we start building a normative theory of expertise on the basis of the evidence that social scientists, sociologists and philosophers have uncovered?

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Experts and Consensus in Social Science

    Boumans, Marcel (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • The Institutional Economics of Stakeholder Consultation; How Experts Can Contribute to Reduce the Costs of Reaching Compromise Agreements

    Butter, Frank A. G. (et al.)

    Pages 17-48

  • Model-Based Consensus

    Boumans, Marcel

    Pages 49-69

  • Explicating Ways of Consensus-Making in Science and Society: Distinguishing the Academic, the Interface and the Meta-Consensus

    Kosolosky, Laszlo (et al.)

    Pages 71-92

  • Judgments About the Relevance of Evidence in the Context of Peer Disagreements and Practical Rationality

    Konigsberg, Amir

    Pages 95-114

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-08551-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-08550-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: August 31, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34319-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Experts and Consensus in Social Science
Editors
  • Carlo Martini
  • Marcel Boumans
Series Title
Ethical Economy
Series Volume
50
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08551-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08551-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-08550-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34319-8
Series ISSN
2211-2707
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 305
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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