Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science

Jukola S (2021)
Synthese 198(Suppl 10): 2629-2646.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
The trustworthiness of nutrition science has been questioned recently. According to the critics, the food industry has corrupted scientists in the field. I argue that the worries that commercialization threatens the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science are indeed well-founded. However, it is problematic that the discussion has revolved around how funding can threaten the integrity of researchers and the methodological quality of the studies. By extending Wilholt's (Br J Philos Sci 64(2):233253, 2013) account of epistemic trustworthiness, I argue that when assessing the epistemic trustworthiness of research that forms the basis for different health policy measures, it is necessary to evaluate research at the macro-level and whether agenda setting advances the goals that are assigned to the field. The prevalence of commercial funding becomes problematic if it leads to a situation where the body of available evidence that is used for making health policy decisions does not reflect the shared sense of what epistemic and non-epistemic goals of the inquiry are important.
Stichworte
Nutrition research; Trustworthiness; Social epistemology; Conflicts of; interests; Bias
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Synthese
Band
198
Ausgabe
Suppl 10
Seite(n)
2629-2646
ISSN
0039-7857
eISSN
1573-0964
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2955699

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Jukola S. Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science. Synthese. 2021;198(Suppl 10):2629-2646.
Jukola, S. (2021). Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science. Synthese, 198(Suppl 10), 2629-2646. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02228-3
Jukola, S. (2021). Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science. Synthese 198, 2629-2646.
Jukola, S., 2021. Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science. Synthese, 198(Suppl 10), p 2629-2646.
S. Jukola, “Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science”, Synthese, vol. 198, 2021, pp. 2629-2646.
Jukola, S.: Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science. Synthese. 198, 2629-2646 (2021).
Jukola, Saana. “Commercial interests, agenda setting, and the epistemic trustworthiness of nutrition science”. Synthese 198.Suppl 10 (2021): 2629-2646.

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