UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Judgement aggregation in scientific collaborations: The case for waiving expertise

Marcoci, A; Nguyen, J; (2020) Judgement aggregation in scientific collaborations: The case for waiving expertise. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A , 84 pp. 66-74. 10.1016/j.shpsa.2020.08.001. Green open access

[thumbnail of Marcoci and Nguyen - SHPS 2020 preprint.pdf]
Preview
Text
Marcoci and Nguyen - SHPS 2020 preprint.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (472kB) | Preview

Abstract

The fragmentation of academic disciplines forces individuals to specialise. In doing so, they become experts over their narrow area of research. However, ambitious scientific projects, such as the search for gravitational waves, require them to come together and collaborate across disciplinary borders. How should scientists with expertise in different disciplines treat each others’ expert claims? An intuitive answer is that the collaboration should defer to the opinions of experts. In this paper we show that under certain seemingly innocuous assumptions, this intuitive answer gives rise to an impossibility result when it comes to aggregating the beliefs of experts to deliver the beliefs of a collaboration as a whole. We then argue that when experts’ beliefs come into conflict, they should waive their expert status.

Type: Article
Title: Judgement aggregation in scientific collaborations: The case for waiving expertise
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2020.08.001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2020.08.001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Scientific rationality, Judgement aggregation, Social epistemology, Collaboration in science
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110966
Downloads since deposit
12Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item