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The Epistemic Life of Groups: Essays in the Epistemology of Collectives

Michael S. Brady and Miranda Fricker


Groups engage in epistemic activity all the time. In the philosophy of mind and action there is a matured literature advancing competing theories of what groups are and how they do what they do. More recently, social epistemology has also flourished, expanding and making connections with other areas of philosophy. With these two philosophical lenses now beginning to align themselves, the new vista before us is that of collective epistemology—a natural next step for social epistemology. The essays in this book are essays in collective epistemology, and explore different epistemic aspects of the ... More

Keywords: groups, epistemology, collectives, social, ethics, politics, science, philosophy

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759645
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael S. Brady, editor
University of Glasgow

Miranda Fricker, editor
University of Sheffield

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Michael S. Brady and Miranda Fricker

Part I Epistemology

1 Mutuality and Assertion

Sanford C. Goldberg

Part II Ethics

6 Changing Our Mind

Glen Pettigrove

Part III Political Philosophy

8 The Transfer of Duties

Stephanie Collins and Holly Lawford-Smith

Part IV Philosophy of Science

10 Collective Belief, Kuhn, and the String Theory Community

James Owen Weatherall and Margaret Gilbert

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