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The Non-Reductive Theory

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/9780199589784.003.0004
The Non-Reductive Theory

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According to the non-reductive theory of testimony, an audience is entitled to believe testimony, other things being equal. And testimony is distinctive as an epistemic source in that it transmits knowledge and warrant. This chapter outlines four arguments for an entitlement to believe testimony, namely those given by Sandford Goldberg, Tony Coady, Tyler Burge, and John McDowell. And it considers two different explanations of how testimony transmits knowledge and warrant.

Keywords: testimony; epistemology; knowledge; warrant; non-reductive theory; entitlement; Thomas Reid; Tyler Burge; John McDowell; Sandford Goldberg; Tony Coady

Chapter.  14413 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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