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The Epistemic Life of GroupsEssays in the Epistemology of Collectives$
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Michael S. Brady and Miranda Fricker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.001.0001

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Changing Our Mind

Changing Our Mind

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(p.111) 6 Changing Our Mind
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The Epistemic Life of Groups
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Glen Pettigrove

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.003.0007

If groups are to prove capable of possessing and increasing their knowledge, then they will need to be capable of revising their beliefs. While the nature of collective knowledge has begun to receive more attention in recent years, surprisingly little work has been done on the process of belief revision that makes it possible. And that which has been done has focused on a very particular kind of community and a very particular kind of knowledge, namely the scientific community and scientific knowledge. This paper aims to extend the analysis of collective belief revision to a different sort of community and a different sort of knowledge, namely, moral communities and moral knowledge. The chapter will suggest that, whatever one’s preferred account of what groups know, we need a richer account of belief revision to support it than has been offered thus far. And it will propose one such alternative

Keywords:   belief, revision, collective, moral, communities, knowledge

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