Testimony and Individualist Epistemology

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Relying on Others

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593248
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594625 | DOI:
Testimony and Individualist Epistemology

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This chapter argues that testimonial knowledge is a counterexample to the thesis of Knowledge Individualism, according to which none of the epistemic factors on which knowledge supervenes are social factors. The case for the falsity of Knowledge Individualism is presented within a Process Reliabilist framework. The chapter's core contention is that whether a hearer's testimonial belief amounts to testimonial knowledge depends on the reliability of cognitive processing taking place in the mind/brain of her source.

Keywords: testimonial knowledge; epistemological individualism; process reliabilism

Chapter.  9562 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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