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In this Special Issue, our contributors share their perspectives on how technology has changed what it means to be human and to be a member of a human society. These articles speak to issues raised in Frank Scalambrino’s edited book Social Epistemology and Technology: Toward Public Self-Awareness Regarding Technological Mediation.


Special Issue 4: “Social Epistemology and Technology”, edited by Frank Scalambrino

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Announcing a Special Issue of the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC)

The SERRC is the online component of the Taylor & Francis journal Social Epistemology.

“Social epistemology” refers to understanding knowledge and belief as social phenomena from, in part, an inter-disciplinary perspective. The theme of the SERRC Special Issue, to be published in February, 2016 is “technological mediation”. The Special Issue will speak to issues raised in and broadly related to, Social Epistemology & Technology: Toward Public Self-Awareness Regarding Technological Mediation. The book, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield, will be edited by Frank Scalambrino. Dr. Scalambrino will serve as the Special Issue Guest Editor.

Abstracts between 500 and 1,000 words are to be submitted by November 15th 2015.

Notification of acceptance will occur by November 30th 2015.

First drafts (5,000 to 7,000 words) due by January 5th 2016.

Final drafts will be due sometime in February, 2016. As is usual and customary, acceptance of your abstract is no guarantee the final article will be published.

The final article must be of acceptable quality, etc.  Continue Reading…

In this Special Issue, our multinational contributors share their perspective on epistemic claims and the moral implications of how one should present them via mass media.  Though the individual responses vary, they fall under two headings: 1) New Media and Social Justice, and 2) Mass Media, Popular Science, and Bad Reporting.

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Please refer to: Special Issue 1: “Normative Functionalism and the Pittsburgh School” and Special Issue 2: “On the Future Direction of Social Epistemology.”

I. New Media and Social Justice

Considering Online News Comments: Are We Really So Irrational and Hate Filled?
Maureen Linker, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

Hashtag Feminism and Twitter Activism in India
Elizabeth Losh, University of California, San Diego, USA

II. Mass Media, Popular Science, and Bad Reporting

Science and Scientism in Popular Science Writing
Jeroen de Ridder, VU University Amsterdamm NL

From Science in the Papers to Science in the News
Carlos Elías Pérez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, ES and Jesús Zamora Bonilla, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, ES

Free Will as an Illusion: Ethical and Epistemological Consequences of an Alleged Revolutionary Truth
Mario De Caro, Università Roma Tre and Tufts University and Andrea Lavazza, Centro Universitario Internazionale, Arezzo, Italy