Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 391–395 | Cite as

Anna Leuschner: Die Glaubwürdigkeit der Wissenschaft. Eine wissenschafts- und erkenntnistheoretische Analyse am Beispiel der Klimaforschung

Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2012, 227 pp, €28.80, ISBN: 978-3-8376-1974-4
  • Nicola Mößner
Book review

Anna Leuschner presents an interesting suggestion on how to apply theoretical approaches from the domain of social epistemology, philosophy of science and ethics in science to current debates about climate change. The main problem she takes into consideration is the relation between an apparent inevitability of values in science and the researcher’s credibility—most of all with regard to public presentations of research results and the evaluation of divergent expert opinions by laymen. The starting point for her analysis is the assumption that public debates about credibility affect scientific research whenever epistemic uncertainty meets political, moral, social or economic interests (2).

In the first part of the book (Knowledge and Belief), Leuschner briefly presents the debate about knowledge by testimony. Here she introduces the problem of credibility and then focuses on Alvin Goldman’s account of how a layman can decide between two conflicting expert opinions, without becoming an...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophisches InstitutRWTH AachenAachenGermany

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