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date: 27 October 2021

6. Testimonylocked

6. Testimonylocked

  • Jennifer Nagel

Abstract

Does listening to other people—or reading what they have written—supply us with knowledge in a unique or distinctive way? Do we need special reasons to trust people in order to gain knowledge from them? Some philosophers argue that testimony never actually provides knowledge. At the other extreme, some philosophers argue that testimony provides knowledge, and in a distinctive way. In this view, testimony is a special channel for receiving knowledge, a channel with the same basic status as sensory perception and reasoning. ‘Testimony’ explores both extremes, as well as the middle ground of reductionism, to identify the factors that matter most to how we absorb what people say.

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