Dr. Haixin Dang, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds, Group Think Project, will present "Epistemic Responsibility and Collaboration in Science" on Friday, March 6, as a candidate for Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UNO.
Epistemic responsibility is a central concept in the social epistemic practices of science, but the concept has often been left unanalyzed. We need a concept of epistemic responsibility which can ground our determination of who should be acknowledged or rewarded for a scientific discovery and also who should be sanctioned when a scientific claim turns out to be false or erroneous.
Dr. Dang develops a new account of epistemic responsibility which can help us better locate epistemic responsibility in collaborative science. She argues that epistemic responsibility in science has three distinct senses: attributability, answerability, and accountability. Dr. Dang will present some of the practical upshots of her account by demonstrating how epistemic responsibility can be adjudicated in the 2011 case of OPERA collaboration’s erroneous detection of superluminal neutrinos. A more fine-grain account of epistemic responsibility can help us better understand other cases where there exist high degrees of epistemic opacity.