Check out my article on community building here.
All economists should study political philosophy. If you don’t believe me, this article makes a strong case for it. Fundamentally, our discipline deals with questions about how people engage with each other — through markets as well as in more everyday interactions ranging from doctors treating their patients to governments providing public goods. Therefore, we frequently (if obliviously) engage with important questions about engaging with the other and our ethical obligations to our community members.
Recently, I had the opportunity to write and publish a piece on connecting with people you disagree with, and how that should affect our decision making. The article explores under what conditions you classify someone as an epistemic peer, or someone whose opinion you are obligated to view as credible. This is vital to how we communicate about our own research — under what conditions do we accept someone’s work as legitimate, especially when it contradicts our priors?
You can read the full article (and some other interesting political philosophy pieces) here. I’d welcome any thoughts or comments you have on the topic.