Epistemic Authority in Communities

Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski

in Epistemic Authority

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199936472
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980697 | DOI:
Epistemic Authority in Communities

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This chapter treats the authority of testimony within communities and show how epistemic authority in small communities containing a high degree of trust differs in some interesting ways from political and other forms of practical authority. The chapter proposes that communal epistemic authority can be justified by my conscientious judgment that I am more likely to believe the truth or what will survive my conscientious reflection if I believe what “we,” the community, believes than if I try to figure out what to believe independent of my community.

Keywords: communities; communal authority; communal conscientiousness; exemplars; Joseph Raz; intellectual virtue; testimony; trust; social epistemology

Chapter.  8483 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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