Moral Understanding and Cooperative Testimony

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (1):18-33 (2020)

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Kenneth Boyd
University of Southern Denmark
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It is has been argued that there is a problem with moral testimony: testimony is deferential, and basing judgments and actions on deferentially acquired knowledge prevents them from having moral worth. What morality perhaps requires of us, then, is that we understand why a proposition is true, but this is something that cannot be acquired through testimony. I argue here that testimony can be both deferential as well as cooperative, and that one can acquire moral understanding through cooperative testimony. The problem of moral testimony is thus not a problem with testimony generally, but a problem of deferential testimony specifically.
Keywords moral understanding  moral knowledge  testimony  understanding
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DOI 10.1017/can.2019.3
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