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The Status 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/10.1093/0198235518.003.0008
The Status of Testimony

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Begins with an investigation of certain central cognitive verbs to do with perceiving and remembering in order to compare the status of perception and memory with that of testimony. The verb learn is contrived to allow comparison of receiving testimony with other sources of knowledge, and objections to the idea that testimonial knowledge can be direct are considered and rejected. It then argues that, even allowing a certain centrality to perception, testimony should be treated non‐reductively as on the same epistemic level as perception, memory, and inference.

Keywords: closure; egocentric; Evans; inference; justification; learn; memory; perception; scepticism

Chapter.  9633 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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