Social network epistemology

Mark Alfano, Scott Cunningham, Wouter Muelemans, Ignaz Rutter, Max Sontag, Bettina Speckmann, Emily Sullivan

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Abstract

This abstract describes how tools from network analysis and visualization can successfully support the study of philosophical questions in social epistemology. We introduce a particular network structure, namely the (m, k)-observer. We argue for its epistemic value and show that such observers are extremely rare in social media discussions of controversial topics. Our specific use case concerns a discussion of vaccine safety on Twitter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages320-321
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018
EventIEEE 14th International Conference on eScience 2018 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Oct 20181 Nov 2018

Conference

ConferenceIEEE 14th International Conference on eScience 2018
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period29/10/181/11/18

Keywords

  • epistemology
  • social networks

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