The social character of testimonial knowledge

Journal of Philosophy 97 (11):581-601 (2000)
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Paul Faulkner
University of Sheffield
Abstract
Through communication, we form beliefs about the world, its history, others and ourselves. A vast proportion of these beliefs we count as knowledge. We seem to possess this knowledge only because it has been communicated. If those justifications that depended on communication were outlawed, all that would remain would be body of illsupported prejudice. The recognition of our ineradicable dependence on testimony for much of what we take ourselves to know has suggested to many that an epistemological account of testimony should be essentially similar to accounts of perception and memory. This premise I want to dispute.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI jphil2000971130
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