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Testimony, Trust, and Authority

Benjamin McMyler


Much of what we know is acquired by taking things on the word of other people whom we trust and treat as authorities concerning what to believe. But what exactly is it to take someone's word for something? What is it to treat another as an authority concerning what to believe, and what is it to then trust her for the truth? This book argues that philosophers have failed to appreciate the nature and significance of our epistemic dependence on the word of others. What others tell us is the case—their testimony, as philosophers use the term—provides us with a reason for belief that is fundamental ... More

Keywords: epistemology, testimony, trust, authority, epistemic responsibility, the second person

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794331
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin McMyler, author
Texas A&M
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