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New paper by Elena Popa

New paper by Elena Popa

Elena Popa from INCET published a new article "Values in public health: an argument from trust" in Synthese

Abstract

Research on the role of values in science and objectivity has typically approached trust through its epistemic aspects. Yet, recent work on public trust in science has emphasized the role of non-epistemic values in building and maintaining trust. This paper will use a concept of trust that adds concerns about justice to epistemic conditions to investigate this problem in relation to public health. I will argue that trust-conducive values, particularly justice, are relevant in deciding which value influences are legitimate in scientific decision-making. Drawing on public health ethics, I will provide a consequentialist justification for employing trust-conducive values. While several concepts of justice have been explored in the context of public health, I will further draw on public health ethics, focusing on a view that brings together both distributive and procedural aspects. For illustration, I will use the case of cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly how concerns about justice apply when choosing between population-based and individual-based approaches.

Link to the article

Popa, E. (2024). Values in public health: An argument from trust. Synthese, 203(6), 200. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-024-04650-8