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Epistemic Politics of Climate Change
Epistemic Politics of Climate Change
Martin Mahoney
Introduction

The public controversy over whether climate change is real and worth worrying about is, of course, in part an epistemological controversy – it deals with scientific uncertainty, questions of scientific method, reliability and validity. But it is also a controversy over the proper place of science in public life (Shapin & Schaffer, 1985). It is, therefore, as much about social relations, political processes and forms of trust as it is about observations, models and predictions. For some minority voices in the climate change debate, our scientific knowledge of the phenomenon is too uncertain to warrant wholesale regulatory action. For others, we have known enough about the science of the greenhouse effect for decades; only ...

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