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A History and Philosophy of Expertise
A History and Philosophy of Expertise
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About the Book

In this comprehensive tour of the long history and philosophy of expertise, from ancient Greece to the 20th century, Jamie Carlin Watson tackles the question of expertise and why we can be skeptical of what experts say, making a valuable contribution to contemporary philosophical debates on authority, testimony, disagreement and trust.

His review sketches out the ancient origins of the concept, discussing its early association with cunning, skill and authority and covering the sort of training that ancient thinkers believed was required for expertise. Watson looks at the evolution of the expert in the middle ages into a type of "genius" or "innate talent", moving to the role of psychological research in 16th-century Germany, the influence of Darwin, the impact of behaviorism and its interest to computer scientists, and its transformation into the largely cognitive concept psychologists study today.


About the Author: Jamie Carlin Watson is Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781350216488
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publisher Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Height: 234 mm
  • No of Pages: 288
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Width: 156 mm
  • ISBN-10: 1350216488
  • Publisher Date: 18 Nov 2021
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Weight: 586 gr


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