Philosophical Quarterly 49 (197):471-490 (1999)

Authors
Jennifer Lackey
Northwestern University
Abstract
We often talk about knowledge being transmitted via testimony. This suggests a picture of testimony with striking similarities to memory. For instance, it is often assumed that neither is a generative source of knowledge: while the former transmits knowledge from one speaker to another, the latter preserves beliefs from one time to another. These considerations give rise to a stronger and a weaker thesis regarding the transmission of testimonial knowledge. The stronger thesis is that each speaker in a chain of testimonial transmission must know that p in order to pass this knowledge to a hearer. The weaker thesis is that at least the first speaker must know that p in order for any hearer in the chain to come to know that p via testimony. I argue that both theses are false, and hence testimony, unlike memory, can be a generative source of knowledge.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/phiq.1999.49.issue-197
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: 69,078
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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Limitations of the Open Mind.Jeremy Fantl - 2018 - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Second-Hand Knowledge.Elizabeth Fricker - 2006 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (3):592–618.
The Defeasibility of Knowledge-How.J. Adam Carter & Jesús Navarro - 2017 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (3):662-685.
Counter-Closure.Federico Luzzi - 2010 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):673-683.

View all 74 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Testimonial Knowledge and Transmission.Jennifer Lackey - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (197):471-490.
Sincerity and Transmission.Stephen Wright - 2016 - Ratio 29 (1):42-56.
Testimonial Knowledge From Lies.Kevin McCain - 2014 - Philosophia 42 (2):459-468.
Testimony and Lies.Dan O'Brien - 2007 - Philosophical Quarterly 57 (227):225–238.
Conveying Information.Peter J. Graham - 2000 - Synthese 123 (3):365-392.
Epistemic Authority, Testimony and the Transmission of Knowledge.Arnon Keren - 2007 - Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology 4 (3):368-381.
Rationality, Defeaters, and Testimony.Jennifer Lackey Reed - 2000 - Dissertation, Brown University

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-02-20

Total views
25 ( #453,096 of 2,498,790 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #170,176 of 2,498,790 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes