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THE LIMITS OF TESTIMONY

Martin Kusch

in Knowledge by Agreement

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251223
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601767 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251223.003.0003
THE LIMITS OF TESTIMONY

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There is no widespread agreement among epistemologists on how best to delimit the category of testimony. Understood most narrowly, testimony is given from the witness stand. Taken in its widest sense, testimony stands for our ‘epistemic interdependence’ as knowers. Argues that the continued predominance of the narrow view – at least as an intuition pump – is due to its close link to individualism. Also introduces the category of ‘performative testimony’.

Keywords: courtroom testimony; performatives; sources of knowledge; speech acts; testimony

Chapter.  2222 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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