Experts, Democracy, and Covid-19




Trust, COVID-19, Experts


Two challenges have faced policymakers during the Covid-19 pandemic: First, they must determine the reliability of expert testimony in the face of uncertainty; second, they must determine the relevance of different kinds of expertise with regard to particular decisions. I argue that both these problems can be fruitfully analyzed through the lens of trust by introducing an in-depth case study of Iceland’s handling of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. I contend that the problem of relevance highlights the limited appeal of a thoroughly technocratic society. Value judgments, best realized through democratic processes, are always lurking in the background.


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How to Cite

Magnússon, V. K. (2022). Experts, Democracy, and Covid-19. Philosophy of Medicine, 3(1).



Philosophical Perspectives on Covid-19