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The Epistemology of Testimony

Jennifer Lackey and Ernest Sosa


How do we acquire knowledge from either the spoken or written word of others? This is the question at the center of The Epistemology of Testimony, a collection of essays devoted to the epistemological issues that arise from an examination of testimonial knowledge. Despite its historical neglect, recent years have seen an explosion of interesting and innovative philosophical work on this topic. This book builds on and further develops this work by bringing together new papers by some of the leading scholars in the field. Since this volume is the only collection of papers on testimony strictly w ... More

Keywords: testimony, knowledge, trust, reductionism, non-reductionism

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276011
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Lackey, editor
Northern Illinois University
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Ernest Sosa, editor
Brown University
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Jennifer Lackey

Part I Testimony and the Legacy of Thomas Reid

Part II Testimony and Its Place in Epistemology

Part III Reductionism and Non‐Reductionism in the Epistemology of Testimony

Part IV Testimony and the Extent of Our Dependence on Others

Part V New Areas and New Directions in the Epistemology of Testimony

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