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Epistemic Systems

Roger Koppl ()

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Abstract: Epistemic systems are social processes generating judgments of truth and falsity. I outline a mathematical theory of epistemic systems that applies widely. Areas of application include pure science, torture, police forensics, espionage, auditing, clinical medical testing, democratic procedure, and the market economy. I examine torture and police forensics in relative detail. This paper in an exercise in comparative institutional epistemics, which considers how the institutions of an epistemic system influence its performance as measured by such things as error rates and the volume of judgments generated.

Keywords: epistemics; torture; forensic science; economics of science (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005-10-05
Note: Type of Document - doc; pages: 41
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