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What’s Wrong with the Individualistic Approach to Public Trust in Science?

What’s Wrong with the Individualistic Approach to Public Trust in Science?

Posted on 16 May 2022 by

While academics and commentators have been worrying about distrust of science for some time now, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the full scale of the problem as […]

The Surprise of COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Health Care Professionals

The Surprise of COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Health Care Professionals

Posted on 26 July 2021 by

The COVID vaccines were the one big hope story for the dismal year of 2020. The first shipments arrived in December to a few high-income countries and rollout started immediately […]

CONSPIRACIES AND ‘COUNTERSPEECH’

CONSPIRACIES AND ‘COUNTERSPEECH’

Posted on 12 July 2021 by

‘The 2020 US election was stolen.’ ‘COVID-19 was intentionally developed as a biological weapon.’ ‘Climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.’ The times have been good for conspiracy […]

‘Not people like us’: the epistemic objectification of the UK’s most vulnerable and why the pandemic is unlikely to change this treatment

‘Not people like us’: the epistemic objectification of the UK’s most vulnerable and why the pandemic is unlikely to change this treatment

Posted on 13 July 2020 by

Poverty and human rights abuses in the UK: fear and compassion “I wash in what I call a birdbath – a little hot water in a basin and have a […]

The epistemic predicament of the conspiracy theorist

The epistemic predicament of the conspiracy theorist

Posted on 15 June 2020 by

A group of international public health scientists has recently published a statement in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet about the origins of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, the pathogen responsible for […]

Ethicists, hold your horses (Part 2)

Posted on 1 June 2020 by ,

Fleur Jongepier                                                 Karin Jongsma In Part 1 […]

Ethicists, hold your horses (Part 1)

Posted on 18 May 2020 by ,

    Fleur Jongepier                         Karin Jongsma If intensive care beds or ventilators run out, who should be saved? And […]

Following the science: trust, experts, and COVID-19

Following the science: trust, experts, and COVID-19

Posted on 20 April 2020 by

Students of recent social epistemology could be forgiven for thinking that the world’s social and political problems begin and end with the threat of “fake news”. The thought is that […]

The Right to Know and the Duty to Inform:  A Lesson from the Italian Experience with Covid-19

The Right to Know and the Duty to Inform: A Lesson from the Italian Experience with Covid-19

Posted on 23 March 2020 by

Note: When I drafted this post, the situation in Italy and in many countries around the globe was not as tragic as it is today. Some might worry that the […]