Activity: Talk or presentation types › Public talk, debate, discussion
The discussion paper is a reflection on two major methodological challenges that I encountered in a research project on the epistemic practices of a diabetes online community. The project draws on virtue epistemology to investigate virtues and vices of the mind that guide members of a diabetes online community in forming justified true beliefs, particularly, when they are faced with evidence supporting a low-carb diet against official dietary advice. The first challenge concerns the difficulties of reconciling different epistemologies, i.e. different beliefs about the nature of knowledge and the process of knowing in the search of truth. Patients tend to make judgements about treatment and clinical advice often drawing on their emotional experience with chronic illness. Do we believe the doctor who follows science or do we believe patients who ‘sense’ what might be true for them? The second challenge concerns the ontological inseparability between human and material agencies which might limit our ability to fully investigate the epistemic consequences of Internet technologies. Here I provide an analysis of these challenges using examples from my research project findings followed by a few ideas on how to overcome these challenges.
11 Sept 2020
Qualitative Health Research Network Critical Workshop : Truth, trust and research in health and social care