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Knowledge by Agreement: The Programme of Communitarian Epistemology

Martin Kusch

Abstract

Knowledge by Agreement defends the ideas that knowledge is a social status (like money, or marriage), and that knowledge is primarily the possession of groups rather than individuals. Ch. 1–6 develop a new theory of testimony. They break with the traditional view according to which testimony is not, except accidentally, a generative source of knowledge. One important consequence of the new theory is a rejection of attempts to globally justify trust in the words of others. Ch. 7–12 propose a communitarian theory of empirical knowledge. It is argued that empirical belief can acquire ... More

Keywords: communitarian epistemology, finitism, normativity, objectivity, relativism, testimony, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251223
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199251223.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Kusch, author
Reader in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
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