Bocheński on authority

Studies in East European Thought 65 (1-2):115-133 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Józef Maria Bocheński introduced an important distinction between deontic and epistemic authority. A typical example of epistemic authority is the relation of a teacher to his students; a typical example of deontic authority is the relation between an employer and his employee. The difference between the two lies in domains of authority: declarative sentences make up the domain in the case of epistemic authority, orders—in the domain of deontic authority. In the article, I analyze in detail the concepts of the two kinds of authority and propose some new explications. The concept of epistemic authority is distinguished from the concept of infallibility and expertise; and the concept of deontic authority is distinguished from the concept of sovereign. I interpret various kinds of deontic authority in the light of the theory of imperative sentences. The concepts of gradation and de-gradation of authority are introduced and explicated



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,323

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

A Defense of Epistemic Authority.Linda Zagzebski - 2013 - Res Philosophica 90 (2):293-306.
Normative authority for empirical science.Wim de Muijnck - 2011 - Philosophical Explorations 14 (3):263-275.
Dialogic authority.J. Cunliffe & A. Reeve - 1999 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 19 (3):453-466.
Whately on Arguments Involving Authority.Hans V. Hansen - 2006 - Informal Logic 26 (3):319-340.
The Role of Authority.Scott Hershovitz - 2011 - Philosophers' Imprint 11.
Socratic authority.Raphael Woolf - 2008 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 90 (1):1-38.
Authority and authorisation.B. Roermund - 2000 - Law and Philosophy 19 (2):201-222.
Political Authority.John T. Sanders - 1983 - The Monist 66 (4):545-556.


Added to PP

82 (#205,942)

6 months
44 (#94,371)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

References found in this work

Qu'est-ce que l'autorité? Introduction à la logique de l'autorité.J. M. Bocheński & Philibert Secrétan - 1982 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 172 (1):77-77.

Add more references