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Epistemic AuthorityA Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief$
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Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936472.001.0001

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The Rejection of Epistemic Authority

The Rejection of Epistemic Authority

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(p.4) 1 The Rejection of Epistemic Authority
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Epistemic Authority
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Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936472.003.0002

This chapter investigates the historical sources of resistance to epistemic authority in the history of philosophy. The chapter focuses on the value of epistemic self-reliance and argues that a defense of self-reliance from Plato, Descartes, Locke, or Kant is problematic and probably based on a misreading of those philosophers. If epistemic self-reliance is a good, it is not because of the untrustworthiness of others or the demands of Kantian autonomy. This chapter is a prolegomenon to an extended argument against epistemic self-reliance in later chapters.

Keywords:   authority, egalitarianism, self-reliance, autonomy, Descartes, Locke, Plato, Kant

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