Chapter

Socialized Truth

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0004
Socialized Truth

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This chapter explicates why people might reasonably move from a cognitive state of nature to socialized ways of determining truth: why people reasonably set up expert classes in various areas, and trust the theories those experts develop. The difference between legitimate and illegitimate expert claims is explored, and an argument for the legitimacy of modern scientific experts is made. There are excellent reasons, it is argued, to trust scientific experts rather than religious teachers on matters of physics, biology, and the history of sacred texts. But those reasons do not extend to matters outside the proper purview of science, like the existence of God or the purpose of human life.

Keywords: experts; theory; science; truth regime

Chapter.  8437 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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