The Authority of Testimony

Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

in Epistemic Authority

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199936472
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980697 | DOI:
The Authority of Testimony

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This chapter moves from a defense of the authority of another person's belief to the authority of testimony. The chapter distinguishes the trust model of testimony the chapter defends from the evidence model of testimony. The former permits testimony to give us first person, deliberative reasons for belief, whereas the latter permits testimony to give us only third person, theoretical reasons. The chapter then argues that belief on authoritative testimony can be defended by principles modeled on Razian principles of authority.

Keywords: testimony; trust; evidence; justification; theoretical reasons; deliberative reasons; conscientiousness

Chapter.  9062 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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