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Relying on Others: An Essay in Epistemology

Sanford C. Goldberg

Abstract

This book concerns the role others play in our attempts to acquire knowledge of the world. Two main forms of this reliance are examined: testimony cases, where a subject aims to acquire knowledge through accepting what another tells her; and cases involving “coverage,” where a subject aims to acquire knowledge of something by reasoning that if things were not so she would have heard about it by now. It is argued that these cases challenge some cherished assumptions in epistemology. Testimony cases challenge the assumption, prominent in reliabilist epistemology, that the processes through which ... More

Keywords: testimony, knowledge, coverage, media coverage, reliabilism, social epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593248
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593248.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanford C. Goldberg, author
Northwestern University
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