Truth, Thinking, Testimony and Trust: Alvin Goldman on Epistemology and Education

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (2):345-366 (2007)
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In his recent work in social epistemology, Alvin Goldman argues that truth is the fundamental epistemic end of education, and that critical thinking is of merely instrumental value with respect to that fundamental end. He also argues that there is a central place for testimony and trust in the classroom, and an educational danger in over‐emphasizing the fostering of students’ critical thinking. In this paper I take issue with these claims, and argue that (1) critical thinking is a fundamental end of education, independently of its instrumental tie to truth, and (2) it is critical thinking, rather than testimony and trust, that is educationally basic.

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Knowledge in a social world.Alvin I. Goldman - 1999 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Against Gullibility.Elizabeth Fricker - 1994 - In A. Chakrabarti & B. K. Matilal (eds.), Knowing from Words. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Considered Judgment.Catherine Z. Elgin - 1999 - Princeton University Press.

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