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INFERENTIALISM —PRO AND CONTRA

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/10.1093/0199251223.003.0004
INFERENTIALISM —PRO AND CONTRA

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Reviews the debate between Elizabeth Fricker and Tony Coady over the role of inferences in testimony reception. It distinguishes between four areas of disagreement in the debate: phenomenology, psychology (the question regarding conscious and unconscious mechanisms), normative epistemology, and pragmatics (how do we talk about, and justify, the adoption of testimonial beliefs?). Argues against inferentialism, but it also identifies problems shared by Fricker and Coady: the assumption that testimony reception has a phenomenology, and the assumption that one can give context‐independent rules for the evaluation of testimony.

Keywords: direct view of testimony; inferentialism; perception; presumptive right thesis; reification

Chapter.  3123 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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