Science, Expertise and Democracy

Period 01-01-2010 to 31-12-2014
Type Research Project
Promotor(s) Prof. Dr. Erik Weber and Dr. Jeroen Van Bouwel
Funding agency Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Researcher(s) Laslo Kosolosky and Rogier De Langhe

This project focuses on the role of the novice, the expert(s) and society in dealing with scientific expertise. The relation between experts and stakeholders will be studied from three viewpoints: the non-expert or novice one (who is demanding adequate expertise), the expert's (who is supplying expertise), and the societal viewpoint (that is providing the institutional context and its norms in which the exchange between novice and expert takes place). Each of these players can be ascribed some form of responsibility. Spelling out each of the responsibilities as well as making the connections amongst them philosophically explicit, is the overarching aim of this project.