Applied Epistemology and Argumentation in Epidemiology

Mark Battersby


The general goal is to encourage informal logicians and those interested in applied epistemology to look at epidemiology as a paradigmatic science crucially dependant on argumentation to justify its claims. Three specific goals are: 1. exemplify applied epistemology by looking critically at causal argumentation in epidemiology, 2. show that justification of causal claims in epidemiology is a form of “argument to the best explanation,” 3. show that there could be a symbiotic relationship between epidemiology and work in various applied reasoning disciplines such as argumentation and “applied epistemology.”


scientific reasoning, inference to the best explanation, causality, applied epistemology, epidemiology, ad hominem

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ISSN: 0824-2577