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The Domain of Testimony

C. A. J. Coady

in Testimony

Published in print October 1994 | ISBN: 9780198235514
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198235518.003.0001
The Domain of Testimony

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Sets the stage by exhibiting the extent and depth of our normal dependence upon the word of others. It explores the often‐unnoticed ways that this reliance is present in both everyday knowledge and rigorous scientific thought. It then examines the history of philosophical belittling of testimony and relates this to social and intellectual movements such as the dominance of an ideal of knowledge inherited from Platonic sources, the rise of individualism, the increased post‐Renaissance hostility to authority, and the development of probability theory.

Keywords: Aquinas; Augustine; Descartes; experts; knowledge; Locke; Popper; Plato; probability; Reid

Chapter.  11551 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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