Synthese 190 (6):1059-1078 (2013)

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Benjamin McMyler
University of Minnesota
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The overwhelming consensus amongst epistemologists is that there is no salient epistemological difference between the addressees of a speaker’s testimony and non-addressees. I argue that this overwhelming consensus is mistaken. Addressees of a speaker’s testimony are entitled to pass the epistemic buck or defer justificatory responsibility for their beliefs back to the testimonial speaker, while non-addressees are not. I then develop a provisional account of address that is in a position to mark this epistemic distinction between addressees and non-addressees
Keywords Testimony  Address  Epistemic responsibility  Deference  Buck passing
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