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Kenneth H. Craik

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195330922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195330922.001.0001

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Truth in Reputation

Truth in Reputation

Accuracy and Validity

(p.77) 5 Truth in Reputation

Kenneth H. Craik

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses a central feature in most definitions of reputation-the content claims about attributes of the person. The truth of these claims entails two issues: first, the accuracy of the claims as representative of what is actually being said and believed about the person and, second, the validity of the claims themselves as checked against other sources of knowledge about the person. The accuracy issue deals with what is generally thought regarding social facts, narrative events, and personality trait attributions regarding the person. In contrast, seeking evidence for the validity of these reputational content claims takes us away from the membership of the reputational network and toward other sources of information about the person. Validational endeavors might engage inquiries by investigative journalists regarding social facts, historians regarding narrative events, and personality assessors regarding trait attributions.

Keywords:   reputational content claims, truth, reputational accuracy, reputational validity, social facts, narrative events, personality characteristics

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