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The Assurance 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/9780199589784.003.0006
The Assurance Theory

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This chapter presents the assurance theory of testimony developed by Richard Moran. It argues that this theory faces a dilemma: in order to receive a speaker’s assurance, an audience must trust, but our warrant for trust seems to come either from a non-reductive entitlement or be reductively grounded on the evidence. The solution this chapter proposes comes from an analysis of what it is to trust someone to do something. What is proposed is that trust is an attitude that makes trusting reasonable. The assurance theory thus supplemented with an account of trust provides a good epistemic theory of a certain domain of testimony. But it fails to give a complete theory of testimony.

Keywords: testimony; epistemology; Knowledge; Warrant; Assurance Theory; Richard Moran; Trust; Jennifer Lackey

Chapter.  15192 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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