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Learning from Words: Testimony as a Source of Knowledge

Jennifer Lackey

Abstract

Testimony is an invaluable source of knowledge. We rely on the reports of those around us for everything from the ingredients in our food and medicine to the identity of our family members. Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the epistemology of testimony. Despite the multitude of views offered, a single thesis is nearly universally accepted: testimonial knowledge is acquired through the process of transmission from speaker to hearer. This book shows that this thesis is false and, hence, that the literature on testimony has been shaped at its core by a view that is fundamentally ... More

Keywords: belief, dualism, epistemology, hearer, knowledge, reasons, source of knowledge, speaker, testimony, transmission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219162.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Lackey, author
Northwestern University
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