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Trust and the Transmission of Knowledge

Paul Faulkner

in Knowledge on Trust

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589784
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725517 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589784.003.0003
Trust and the Transmission of Knowledge

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This chapter argues that the reductive theory of testimony suffers two failings. First, it gives an overly restrictive account of when the uptake of testimony is warranted. Consequently, it can only provide a sceptical solution to the problem of cooperation. Second, it is wrong to draw no distinction between testimonial knowledge and knowledge acquired from testimony. Testimonial knowledge and warrant are distinctive in being transmitted.

Keywords: testimony; epistemology; knowledge; warrant; reductive theory; transmission

Chapter.  10461 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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