Wikipedians’ Knowledge and Moral Duties

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The paper analyzes the epistemological and ethical commitments made in Wikipedia's Neutral Point of View (NPOV) policy. The analyses reveal cracks in the conceptual foundation of the NPOV policy's rela- tion to concepts such as opinion, facts, knowledge, certainty, doubt, and cognitive authority. The paper further discusses the NPOV policy's ethical position and argues that it assumes ethical absolutism at the center and ethical relativism at the edges. The paper concludes that Wikipedia ought to reconceptualize and rewrite the NPOV policy to acknowledge the signi cance of the following: the locality of knowl- edge, that Wikipedians engage in language games, that knowledge is to be likened to a rhizome with incommensurable points, that the challenges of in- clusivity lie at the center and not the edges, and that the policy should explicitly take an ethical pluralistic position in its enterprise.
TidsskriftDansk Biblioteksforskning
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)15-22
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 29 feb. 2016

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