Article ID: CBB968694595

How to Be an Epistemic Trespasser (2022)


Over the last two years, there has been a lot of talk about expertise: who has it, who doesn’t, who is claiming it but shouldn’t. Amid a global pandemic that has brought tremendous uncertainty and damaged our health, learning, livelihoods, and happiness, ensuring that policymakers base their decisions on the correct expertise seems crucial. And, pandemically speaking, the definition of expert appears to be self-evident: Anthony Fauci, an immunologist who has long served as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, fits the bill. Former U.S. president Donald Trump, self-proclaimed genius, does not. Yet, we’ve seen frequent accusations, across the media and academic landscapes, of what philosopher Nathan Ballantyne calls “epistemic trespassing”: people without relevant knowledge or credentials opining in public forums on matters they know nothing about. Commentators warn that listening to these false experts, particularly when it comes to crucial policy or public health matters, could have catastrophic consequences.

Included in

Article Henry M. Cowles; Chitra Ramalingam (2022) Introduction. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (pp. 118-119). unapi

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Article Henry M. Cowles; Chitra Ramalingam; (2022)
Introduction (/isis/citation/CBB356636672/)

Article Stephen John; (2022)
The Two Virtues of Science (/isis/citation/CBB589589263/)

Article Lauren Richter; Alissa Cordner; Phil Brown; (October 2018)
Non-stick science: Sixty years of research and (in)action on fluorinated compounds (/isis/citation/CBB792947339/)

Book Greene, Jeremy A.; Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel; (2012)
Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America (/isis/citation/CBB001214574/)

Book Andrew J. Hogan; (2022)
Disability Dialogues: Advocacy, Science, and Prestige in Postwar Clinical Professions (/isis/citation/CBB207448799/)

Article Meifang Zhang; Bing Liu; (2021)
The Theoretical Foundations of Feng Shui and Science Education in China (/isis/citation/CBB282177476/)

Article Karen Kovaka; (2021)
Evaluating Community Science (/isis/citation/CBB988749229/)

Article Bhaduri, Saradindu; Sharma, Aviram; (2014)
Public Understanding of Participation in Regulatory Decision-Making: The Case of Bottled Water Quality Standards in India (/isis/citation/CBB001420077/)

Book Alexa Geisthövel; Volker Hess; (2017)
Medizinisches Gutachten: Geschichte einer neuzeitlichen Praxis (/isis/citation/CBB228276706/)

Article Caitlin Donahue Wylie; (March 2018)
Trust in Technicians in Paleontology Laboratories (/isis/citation/CBB439482778/)

Article Catherine Mas; (2022)
How Not to Be an Expert (/isis/citation/CBB772533919/)

Book Carlo Caduff; (2015)
The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic Events in a Public Culture of Danger (/isis/citation/CBB736184954/)

Article Martin Carrier; (2022)
What Does Good Science-Based Advice to Politics Look Like? (/isis/citation/CBB220291255/)

Authors & Contributors
Greene, Jeremy Alan
Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel
Sharma, Aviram
Bhaduri, Saradindu
Rijswoud, Erwin van
Boykoff, Maxwell T.
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Spontaneous Generations
Public Understanding of Science
Science in Context
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of California, Santa Cruz
MIT Press
Columbia University
Wallstein Verlag
University of California Press
Authorities; experts
Public policy
Public understanding of science
Authority of science
Public health
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
United States
Great Britain
Miami (Florida)
United States. Environmental Protection Agency
University of Miami

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment