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Catastrophe ethics and activist speech: Reflections on moral norms, advocacy, and technical judgment

Selinger, Evan, Thompson, Paul and Collins, Harold Maurice ORCID: 2011. Catastrophe ethics and activist speech: Reflections on moral norms, advocacy, and technical judgment. Metaphilosophy 42 (1-2) , pp. 118-144. 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2010.01671.x

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This essay critically examines whether there are ethical dimensions to the way that expertise, knowledge claims, and expressions of skepticism intersect on technical matters that influence public policy, especially during times of crisis. It compares two different perspectives on the matter: a philosophical outlook rooted in discourse and virtue ethics and a sociological outlook rooted in the so-called third-wave approach to science studies. The comparison occurs through metaphilosophical analysis and applied claims that clarify how the disciplinary orientations appear to lead to different judgments about matters related to Robert Paarlberg's condemnation of activists who advise African politicians to ban genetically modified food.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: expertise; activism; virtue ethics; discourse ethics; third wave of science studies; genetically modified food; African food crisis; sustainability
Publisher: Metaphilosophy LLC and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0026-1068
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 08:24

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