Applied Epistemology

As a movement is taking hold for philosophy to become more in tune with concrete social practices, the UdeS has secured significant funding for creating a chair in applied epistemology. Building on the fact that citizens and decision makers are flooded with often conflicting testimonies from a number of organizations viewed as experts to guide our collective decisions, researchers are seeking to understand how laypeople can find their way and identify the different values they attribute to one organization over another.

A number of projects are ongoing to gain an understanding of the epistemic features of these organizations, and ultimately provide tools to assess them:

  • The Epistemology of Think Tanks
  • Central Banking Expertise
  • Justification by Evidence Amalgamation in the Social Sciences
  • The Epistemology of Humanitarian Emergency
  • Commissions of Inquiry
  • On the Roles of Values in Expert Reasoning and Testimonies

Principal investigator : François Claveau