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Jennifer Lackey
Northwestern University
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There is a widely accepted family of views in the epistemology of testimony centering around the claim that belief is the central item involved in a testimonial exchange. For instance, in describing the process of learning via testimony, Elizabeth Fricker provides the following: “one language-user has a belief, which gives rise to an utterance by him; as a result of observing this utterance another user of the same language, his audience, comes to share that belief.” In a similar spirit, Alvin Plantinga says that “…a belief on the part of the testifiee has warrant only if that belief has warrant for the testifier.” In both of these passages, we find strands of what I shall call the Belief View of Testimony.
Keywords Social epistemology
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Call number BD175.L33 2008
ISBN(s) 9780199219162   0031-8205
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2006.tb00605.x
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