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Anti-anti-vaxx: the fairness-based obligation to defer to the expert consensus

John, Stephen (2018) Anti-anti-vaxx: the fairness-based obligation to defer to the expert consensus. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper uses the case-study of controversy over the MMT vaccine to suggest that non-expert audiences might have a fairness-based "political" obligation to defer to expert scientific consensus. The first part of the paper notes various reasons why it is implausible to argue that non-experts are epistemically obliged to defer to the consensus. The second draws on the literature on vaccination ethics more generally to argue for the alternative political obligation to defer. The third section considers some objections, and the conclusion discusses how recognising such an obligation might alter contemporary debates.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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John, Stephensdj22@cam.ac.uk
Keywords: Expertise; MMR vaccine; science and values; consensus; free-riding
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Stephen John
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 17:53
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 17:53
Item ID: 15229
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 30 October 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15229

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