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Experts, Democracy, and Covid-19

Magnússon, Victor Karl (2022) Experts, Democracy, and Covid-19. Philosophy of Medicine, 3 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 2692-3963

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Two challenges have faced policymakers during the Covid-19 pandemic: First, they must determine the reliability of expert testimony in the face of uncertainty; second, they must determine the relevance of different kinds of expertise with regard to particular decisions. I argue that both these problems can be fruitfully analyzed through the lens of trust by introducing an in-depth case study of Iceland’s handling of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. I contend that the problem of relevance highlights the limited appeal of a thoroughly technocratic society. Value judgments, best realized through democratic processes, are always lurking in the background.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Magnússon, Victor Karlvictor.magnusson@campus.lmu.de0000-0002-6112-7676
Keywords: Trust Covid-19 Experts
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2022 13:46
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 13:46
Item ID: 21551
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Health and Disease
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 8 December 2022
Page Range: pp. 1-19
Volume: 3
Number: 1
ISSN: 2692-3963

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