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Knowledge on Trust

Paul Faulkner


The book aims to present an epistemological theory of testimony, or a theory that explains how it is that we acquire knowledge and warranted belief from testimony. The key questions are: what makes it reasonable to accept a piece of testimony? And what warrants belief formed on this testimonial basis? Existing theories of testimony largely fail because they do not recognize how issues of practical rationality motivate the first question, and this is what makes testimony distinctive as a source of knowledge. At the heart of the theory this book presents is then the idea that trust can make it r ... More

Keywords: testimony, source, knowledge, belief, warrant, epistemology, trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589784
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Faulkner, author
University of Sheffield
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