Based on an empirical study of a research team in natural science, the author argues that collaborating scientists do not trust each other completely. Due to the inherent incompleteness of trust, epistemic trust among scientists is not sufficient to manage epistemic dependency in research teams. To mitigate the limitations of epistemic trust, scientists resort to specific strategies of indirect assessment such as dialoguing practices and the probing of explanatory responsiveness. Furthermore, they rely upon impersonal trust and deploy practices of hierarchical authorship.
Social Epistemology, 2014, Vol 29, Issue 2
Epistemic Trust; Epistemic Dependence; Scientific Practice; Research Collaboration; Research Groups; Philosophy of Science in Practice