Episteme 5 (2):180-202 (2008)

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Kourken Michaelian
Université Grenoble Alpes
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I argue, first, that testimony is likely a natural kind (where natural kinds are accurately described by the homoeostatic property cluster theory) and that if it is indeed a natural kind, it is likely necessarily reliable. I argue, second, that the view of testimony as a natural kind and as necessarily reliable grounds a novel, naturalist global reductionism about testimonial justification and that this new reductionism is immune to a powerful objection to orthodox Humean global reductionism, the objection from the too-narrow induction base.
Keywords testimony  epistemology  natural kinds  homeostatic property cluster theory  naturalized epistemology  social epistemology
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DOI 10.3366/E1742360008000312
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