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Individuals and Institutions: Essays on Social and Political Epistemic Systems

Fan, Yao (2023) Individuals and Institutions: Essays on Social and Political Epistemic Systems. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis is a collection of three papers in social epistemology. Three epistemic systems of great importance for modern society are studied respectively: the expert system, the democratic system, and the financial system. Throughout the three papers, I try to pay additional attention to the interactions between individuals and institutions, which explains the title of this dissertation.
In the first paper, I discuss ways in which institutional remedies are crucial for individual epistemic performance. In the second paper, I argue that the individual moral requirements of citizens (i.e., participants of democracy) should not be overlooked in presence of the epistemic aggregation effect of democracy at the institutional level. In the third paper, I analyze how individual motives in financial markets and the epistemic functions of financial markets influence and interact with each other.
The proper functioning of each of the three institutions, I believe, is necessary for achieving a good society in our time. In a good society, neither the individual aspects nor the institutional aspects should be overlooked.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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Committee CoChairShaw, Jamesjrs164@pitt.edujrs164
Committee CoChairZollman,
Committee MemberDorst,
Committee MemberGupta, Anilagupta@pitt.eduagupta
Date: 6 September 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 21 July 2023
Approval Date: 6 September 2023
Submission Date: 4 August 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 144
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Philosophy
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Epistemology, Epistemic Institution, Game Theory, Information Economics
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2023 15:27
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 15:27

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