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Scottish Fundamentalism

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/10.1093/0198235518.003.0007
Scottish Fundamentalism

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The eighteenth‐century Scots philosopher Thomas Reid's account of testimony is one of his most interesting and original contributions. Reid's analogy between the epistemic roles of perception and of testimony is explored in this chapter and its consequences for the view that testimonial knowledge can be direct (or non‐inferential) are discussed. Coady also examines Reid's resort to epistemic first principles and his placing of reliance upon testimony amongst them.

Keywords: children; cognitive science; credulity; deception; direct knowledge; fallibility; human nature; perception; reason; reductionism

Chapter.  5106 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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