Logic, Philosophy and History of Science in Belgium II

TitleThe intended window of epistemic opportunity: a comment on Miriam Solomon
Publication TypeBook Chapter (with title)
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKosolosky, L
Secondary AuthorsVan Kerkhove, B, Libert, T, Vanpaemel, G, Marage, P
Book TitleLogic, Philosophy and History of Science in Belgium II
PublisherKoninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België

In this paper, I argue that Miriam Solomon fails to show that medical consensus conferences, as organised by the National Institute of Health (NIH), miss the intended window of epistemic opportunity (Solomon, 2007: 170), and thus typically take place after the experts have reached consensus. This is done, on the one hand, by differentiating between, what I intend to call, ‘academic’ and ‘non-academic consensus’, and, on the other hand, by analyzing the arguments and argumentation style Solomon uses to make her claim explicit. At the very least, the overall argument suggests that her statement is inadequately supported, if not that the opposite claim is true. In this manner, I intend to bring additional insight into the notion of ‘consensus’ when applied in scientific practice. Any decision as to change the NIH consensus development program should take these actual achievements into account.

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