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1 Nancy Nyquist Potter Department of Philosophy University of Louisville President, Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

2 Outline I. Statement of the problem II. Testimony and testimonial injustice III. The virtue of properly attending to others’ voices IV. Speakers’ virtues V. Concluding remarks--science and EBP

3 I. Statement of the problem ‘Pedophiliacs’ are notorious liars The virtues tied to science The DSM is deeply influential It relies on evidence, especially from RCT, yet discounts testimony. Science that discounts the evidence of testimony is ‘bad science’

4 Is it just me, or is placing the role of defining the whole of normative sexual behaviour in our society in the hands of a workgroup that only references three sources (all written by the work group head) a problem?’

5 II. Testimony Criteria for credibility 1. General plausibility 2. In a position to know 3. Doesn’t have an interest in deceiving Objectively determined

6 Testimonial injustice Hearing, but not properly listening Results in distorted beliefs Prejudice and unwarranted assumptions

7 III. The virtue of the good hearer How did the council meeting go? Were they receptive to your ideas?’ ‘No, it was like talking to a wall. I didn’t get any uptake at all.’

8 Critical consciousness Uptake Trust

9 IV. Speakers’ virtues Accuracy Sincerity Trustworthiness

10 Trust as reciprocal Trusting the listener Listener trusting the speaker

11 V. Conclusions JS Mill and pursuit of truth

12 The believing game Appropriate listening (‘uptake’) as necessary to science and DSM-V

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