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Deciding for 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/10.1093/0198235518.003.0005
Deciding for Testimony

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Continues the critique of important discussions of testimony in the philosophical tradition by discussing H. H. Price's complex defence of our reliance upon the word of others. Price rejects the attempt at an inductive justification for the reliance, since he thinks that this treats the reliability of testimony as a factual claim, and, moreover, one that is impossible to establish. He thinks that it is really a policy justification that is required, but Coady argues that the reasons Price provides, and some others that could be developed from his comments, fail to vindicate the reliability of testimony in the way required.

Keywords: belief; Clifford; decision theory; William James; maxim; policy; H. H. Price; reliance; trust; truth

Chapter.  6537 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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