Seminar Series in Analytic Philosophy 2020-21, Session 29

The Right to An Explanation: A Social-Epistemic Approach
Emma Gordon & Adam Carter (University of Glasgow)

18 June 2021, 16:00 (Lisbon Time – GMT+1) | Sala Mattos Romão (Departamento de Filosofia) & on Zoom

Abstract: The 2018 GDPR ensures data subjects with two kinds of epistemic rights — viz., a right to be forgotten and a right to an explanation. The former concerns one’s online digital trail, and the latter concerns the right one has to an explanation when one is subject to purely automated decisions that significantly affect them. Both of these newly framed rights are epistemically under-described in the GDPR and are the subject of legal debate. Our talk uses the resources of social epistemology to make progress in unpacking the second of these epistemic rights — viz., the right to an explanation — and we will defend a specific view of what is necessary to plausibly satisfy this right. Central to our positive view is that an adequate formulation of the right should be articulated not in terms of true belief, nor in terms of knowledge, but in terms of understanding.

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