Southwest Philosophy Review

Volume 40, Issue 1, January 2024

Matthew Marzec
Pages 69-77

Vaccines and Epistemic Trust

There is an enigma that plagues the modern world. On the one hand, access to information is more abundant than ever. On the other, knowledge seems all the more difficult to come by. The world is divided on numerous fact-based questions regarding nutrition, exercise, public policy impact, sickness prevention, mental wellness, and more. What accounts for this phenomenon? Likely, these disagreements and difficulties cannot be accounted for by a single factor, and the elements in play vary from question to question and subject to subject. This paper will focus on one possible factor: eroding trust in subject matter experts.