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December 27, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Reflections on the critique of experts and expert predictions

I think you raise some interesting points in regards to the challenges of running this argument.

Traditionally this argument is a critique of:
1) experts in policy or social science
2) predictions (aka “expert” predictions)

So, there seems to be a bit of a distinction…..its not a critique of all experts as its generally run. Although, this card may in fact have the problem you outline.

This argument is a more of a philosophy argument…..not a prediction in the truest sense. Or its a rule based application of utilitarianism to itself. (ie utilitarian expertise fails on its own terms). Arguments that something fails on its own terms (values, worldviews, goals, methodolgies, etc..)…..inevitably have to use those terms as a starting point.

So, I think there is arguably a bit of a tension or paradox………but mostly a distinction whose specificity should solve the problems outlined above.


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