Research

Some of the topics addressed by the members of the network are the following:

 

  • Self-knowledge and second-person authority
  • Interpersonal views of testimony
  • Testimony as a microinstitution that is at the basis of expert knowledge systems in our society
  • Distributed knowledge and epistemic dependence on artifacts and other people
  • Knowledge and networks
  • Distribution of epistemic authority in society

 

We are interested developing a social epistemology for complex contexts, including the following phenomena:

 

  1. testimonial practices in contexts with strong asymmetries between the parties;
  2. knowledge transmission in contexts where a divergence between the social distribution of epistemic competences and a relational space of credibilite exists;
  3. the distribution of knowledge in networks, where the epistemic properties of the network are opaque to the participants;
  4. the sharing of knowledge and information through deliberative practices (a set of issues in the interface of epistemology and democracy).

 

To create an enviroment that encourages mobility and interaction between the members of the network such that they can develop new joint research projects and converge with other international networks in epistemology.

 

To promote the training in epistemology, both within and outside the academia and develop a social sensitivity to epistemic topics that are essential to the governance of a democratic society.