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Rethinking the BSE Crisis

A Study of Scientific Reasoning under Uncertainty

Authors: Cummings, Louise

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  • First study of scientific reasoning during the BSE epidemic in the UK
  • A comprehensive discussion of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies accessible to non-scientific readers
  • Longitudinal study of scientific reasoning as opposed to study of reasoning at a discrete point in time
  • Examples of reasoning drawn from primary sources (e.g. evidence presented to the public inquiry into BSE; minutes of meetings of scientific advisory committees)
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In 1986, the emergence of a novel brain disease in British cattle presented a unique challenge to scientists. How that challenge was addressed has been the subject of a public inquiry and numerous academic studies conducted to date. However, none of these investigations has sought to examine the reasoning of scientists during this critical period in the public health of the UK. Using concepts and techniques in informal logic, argumentation and fallacy theory, this study reconstructs and evaluates the reasoning of scientists in the ten-year period between 1986 and 1996. Specifically, a form of presumptive reasoning is described in which extensive use is made of arguments traditionally identified as informal fallacies. In the context of the adverse epistemic conditions that confronted scientists during the BSE epidemic, these arguments were anything but fallacious, serving instead to confer a number of epistemic gains upon scientific inquiry. This book argues for a closer integration of philosophy with public health science, an integration that is exemplified by the case of scientific reasoning during the BSE affair. It will therefore be of interest to advanced students, academics, researchers and professionals in the areas of public health science and epidemiology, as well as philosophical disciplines such as informal logic, argumentation and fallacy theory and epistemology.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking the BSE Crisis
Book Subtitle
A Study of Scientific Reasoning under Uncertainty
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9504-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9504-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9503-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8491-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 242
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