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The Rhetorical Force of the Appeal to Expert Authority
Jean Goodwin, Iowa State University of Science and Technology

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Accounting for the Appeal to the Authority of Experts (Article)
Title: Accounting for the Appeal to the Authority of Experts
Author: Jean Goodwin
Abstract: Work in Argumentation Studies (AS) and Studies in Expertise and Experience (SEE) has been proceeding on converging trajectories, moving from resistance to expert authority to a cautious acceptance of its legitimacy. The two projects are therefore also converging on the need to account for how, in the course of complex and confused civic deliberations, nonexpert citizens can figure out which statements from purported experts deserve their trust. Both projects recognize that nonexperts cannot assess expertise directly; instead, the nonexpert must judge whether to trust the expert. But how is this social judgment accomplished?
Year: 2011
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Argumentation (2011) 25:285-296
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media B. V. 2011; published online July 2011