Authors
Benjamin McMyler
University of Minnesota
Abstract
Participants on both sides of the contemporary debate between reductionism and anti-reductionism about testimony commonly describe testimonial knowledge as knowledge acquired at second hand. I argue that fully appreciating the distinctive sense in which testimonial knowledge is secondhand supports anti-reductionism over reductionism but also that it supports a particular kind of anti-reductionism very different from that typically offered in the literature. Testimonial knowledge is secondhand in the demanding sense of being justified by the authority of a speaker where this requires that epistemic responsibility for meeting challenges to the audience's testimonial knowledge is shared between speaker and audience. The epistemic credentials of testimonial knowledge are in this sense importantly interpersonal.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/00201740701612390
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,091
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

On Certainty (Ed. Anscombe and von Wright).Ludwig Wittgenstein - 1969 - New York and London: Harper Torchbooks.
Testimony: A Philosophical Study.C. A. J. Coady - 1992 - Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

View all 53 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Epistemic Significance of Address.Benjamin McMyler - 2013 - Synthese 190 (6):1059-1078.
Trust Between Teacher and Student in Academic Education at School.Monika Platz - 2021 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 55 (4-5):688-697.
Testimonial Knowledge: A Unified Account.Peter J. Graham - 2016 - Philosophical Issues 26 (1):172-186.
Responsibility for Testimonial Belief.Benjamin McMyler - 2012 - Erkenntnis 76 (3):337-352.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Testimonial Knowledge in Early Childhood, Revisited.Sanford C. Goldberg - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (1):1–36.
Group Testimony.Deborah Tollefsen - 2007 - Social Epistemology 21 (3):299 – 311.
Hume on Testimony Revisited.Axel Gelfert - 2010 - History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 13:60-75.
Metaphysical Libertarianism and the Epistemology of Testimony.Peter J. Graham - 2004 - American Philosophical Quarterly 41 (1):37-50.
Responsibility for Testimonial Belief.Benjamin McMyler - 2012 - Erkenntnis 76 (3):337-352.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
95 ( #122,959 of 2,506,115 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #277,380 of 2,506,115 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes