The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology

The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology

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While applied epistemology has been neglected for much of the twentieth century, it has seen emerging interest in recent years, with key thinkers in the field helping to put it on the philosophical map. Although it is an old tradition, current technological and social developments have dramatically changed both the questions it faces and the methodology required to answer those questions. Recent developments also make it a particularly important and exciting area for research and teaching in the twenty-first century. The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology is an outstanding reference source to this exciting subject and the first collection of its kind. Comprising entries by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six main parts:

The Internet



Epistemic institutions

Individual investigators

Theory and practice in philosophy.

Within these sections, the core topics and debates are presented, analyzed, and set into broader historical and disciplinary contexts. The central topics covered include: the prehistory of applied epistemology, expertise and scientific authority, epistemic aspects of political and social philosophy, epistemology and the law, and epistemology and medicine.

Essential reading for students and researchers in epistemology, political philosophy, and applied ethics the Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as law, sociology, and politics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138932655
  • 9781138932654
  • 1,318,533

Table of contents


Notes on contributors



The return of applied epistemology

James Chase and David Coady


The internet

1 The World Wide Web

Paul Smart and Nigel Shadbolt

2 Wikipedia

Karen Frost-Arnold

3 Googling

Hanna Kiri Gunn and Michael P. Lynch

4 Adversarial epistemology on the internet

Don Fallis



5 John Stuart Mill on free speech

Daniel Halliday and Helen McCabe

6 Epistemic democracy

Jason Brennan

7 Epistemic injustice and feminist epistemology

Andrea Pitts

8 Propaganda and ideology

Randal Marlin



9 Expertise in climate science

Stephen John

10 Evidence-based medical research

Robyn Bluhm and Kirstin Borgerson

11 The precautionary principle in medical research and policy: the case of sponsorship bias

Daniel Steel

12 Psychology and conspiracy theories
David Coady


Epistemic institutions

13 Legal burdens of proof and statistical evidence

Georgi Gardiner

14 Banking and finance: disentangling the epistemic failings of the 2008 financial crisis

Lisa Warenski

15 Applied epistemology of education

Ben Kotzee


Individual investigators

16 Disagreement

Tim Kenyon

17 Forecasting

Steve Fuller

18 Rumor

Axel Gelfert

19 Gossip

Tommaso Bertolotti and Lorenzo Magnani

20 The applied epistemology of conspiracy theories: an overview

M.R.X Dentith and Brian Keeley


Theory and practice in philosophy

21 Philosophical expertise

Bryan Frances

22 Ethical expertise

Christopher Cowley

23 The demise of grand narratives? Postmodernism, power-knowledge, and applied epistemology

Matthew Sharpe

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Review quote

"With rich philosophical discussions on such diverse topics as Wikipedia, Google, conspiracy theories, climate science, medical research, gossip, and global finance, this pioneering collection shows just how important the study of knowledge is today in our complex, hyper-connected, and relentlessly advancing world."

Kimberley Brownlee, University of Warwick, UK

"The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology offers a brilliant overview of the discipline and some excellent and timely case studies within the field, e.g., the epistemology of the internet, conspiracy theories, and the nature of expertise in climate science. I recommend it strongly to anyone interested in how epistemology can deepen our understanding of contemporary societal phenomena and challenges."

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
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About David Coady

David Coady is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He is the author of What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues (2012), the co-author of The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry (2013), the editor of Conspiracy Theories: The Philosophical Debate (2006) and the co-editor of A Companion to Applied Philosophy (2016).

James Chase is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He works on epistemology; philosophical logic, particularly as applied to epistemological issues; and the methodology of analytic philosophy. He is the co-author of Analytic vs Continental (2011) and the co-editor of Postanalytic and Metacontinental (2010).
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