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Essays in Collective Epistemology

Jennifer Lackey


This book examines new philosophical work on issues in collective epistemology. Questions discussed include: Should the justified beliefs and knowledge of collective entities be understood simply in terms of the justified beliefs and knowledge of their individual members? Or are these epistemic phenomena somehow over and above those of the group’s members? How should we understand group testimony as a source of knowledge? How do we tell if a group is an agent, epistemic or otherwise? Can epistemic virtues apply to groups? Is disagreement between groups subject to the same epistemic principles ... More

Keywords: collective epistemology, groups, knowledge, justified belief, testimony, agent, disagreement, coherence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665792
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Lackey, editor
Northwestern University

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Front Matter


Jennifer Lackey

Part I The Debate between Summativists and Non-Summativists

1 Social Process Reliabilism

Alvin I. Goldman

Part II General Epistemic Concepts in the Collective Domain

Part III Individual and Collective Epistemology

8 Belief, Acceptance, and What Happens in Groups

Margaret Gilbert and Daniel Pilchman

Part IV Collective Entities and Formal Epistemology

9 Individual Coherence and Group Coherence

Rachael Briggs, Fabrizio Cariani, Kenny Easwaran, and Branden Fitelson

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