Ethical expertise

Authored by: Christopher Cowley

The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138932654
eBook ISBN: 9781315679099
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In the past thirty years or so, more and more ethical ‘consultants’ have been hired by hospitals, businesses, and governments. The consultants seem to offer ‘ethical expertise’, on the model of financial or medical expertise. What sort of expertise is it, how is it acquired, and when should non-experts defer to it? This chapter surveys answers to these questions, and then argues for a more skeptical conclusion. Finally, the chapter touches on the related phenomena of moral testimony and wisdom.

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