David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Episteme 6 (2):130-144 (2009)
This paper develops a formal framework to model a process in which the formation of individual opinions is embedded in a deliberative exchange with others. The paper opts for a low-resolution modeling approach and abstracts away from most of the details of the social-epistemic process. Taking a bird's eye view allows us to analyze the chances for the truth to be found and broadly accepted under conditions of cognitive division of labour combined with a social exchange process. Cognitive division of labour means that only some individuals are active truth seekers, possibly with different capacities. Both mathematical tools and computer simulations are used to investigate the model. As an analytical result, the Funnel Theorem states that under rather weak conditions on the social process, a consensus on the truth will be reached if all individuals possess an arbitrarily small capacity to go for the truth. The Leading the pack Theorem states that under certain conditions even a single truth seeker may lead all individuals to the truth. Systematic simulations analyze how close agents can get to the truth depending upon the frequency of truth seekers, their capacities as truth seekers, the position of the truth (more to the extreme or more in the centre of an opinion space), and the willingness to take into account the opinions of others when exchanging and updating opinions
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Igor Douven (2010). Simulating Peer Disagreements. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (2):148-157.
Johan E. Gustafsson & Martin Peterson (2012). A Computer Simulation of the Argument From Disagreement. Synthese 184 (3):387–405.
C. L. Hamblin (1970/1993). Fallacies. Vale Press.
C. L. Hamblin (1971). Mathematical Models of Dialogue. Theoria 37 (2):130-155.
Keith Lehrer (1985). Consensus and the Ideal Observer. Synthese 62 (1):109 - 120.
Citations of this work BETA
Igor Douven & Christoph Kelp (2011). Truth Approximation, Social Epistemology, and Opinion Dynamics. Erkenntnis 75 (2):271-283.
Similar books and articles
Jan A. Aertsen (1992). Truth as Transcendental in Thomas Aquinas. Topoi 11 (2):159-171.
Uskali Mäki (2011). Models and the Locus of Their Truth. Synthese 180 (1):47 - 63.
Margo Laasberg (2008). Deflationary Truth and Truth-Biology. Studia Philosophica Estonica 1 (2):265-283.
Ernest Sosa (1993). Epistemology, Realism, and Truth: The First Philosophical Perspectives Lecture. Philosophical Perspectives 7 (1):1-16.
Kevin J. S. Zollman (2010). The Epistemic Benefit of Transient Diversity. Erkenntnis 72 (1):17 - 35.
Christine McKinnon (2006). Varieties of Insincerity. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (1):23-40.
Igor Douven & Alexander Riegler (2009). Extending the Hegselmann–Krause Model III: From Single Beliefs to Complex Belief States. Episteme 6 (2):145-163.
Corinne Iten (2005). Linguistic Meaning, Truth Conditions and Relevance: The Case of Concessives. Palgrave Macmillan.
Raphael Cohen-Almagor (1997). Why Tolerate? Reflections on the Millian Truth Principle. Philosophia 25 (1-4):131-152.
Added to index2010-07-11
Total downloads26 ( #77,973 of 1,679,397 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #111,749 of 1,679,397 )
How can I increase my downloads?