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The Analogical Approach

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/10.1093/0198235518.003.0006
The Analogical Approach

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Bertrand Russell recognizes the epistemological importance of testimony at the common‐sense level and also recognizes its significance in making the public/private distinction with respect to objective reality. He considers, however, that direct reliance on testimony is displaced at the higher levels of science by an analogical principle. Coady argues that Russell is unclear about the role of this principle, but that neither Russell's version, nor something similar that can be extracted from F. H. Bradley, provides a satisfactory resolution of the epistemological problem posed by testimony.

Keywords: analogy; best explanation; F. H. Bradley; other minds; paradox; publicity; Russell

Chapter.  3134 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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