Belief, Acceptance, and What Happens in Groups: Some Methodological Considerations

In Jennifer Lackey (ed.), Essays in Collective Epistemology. Oxford University Press (2014)

Abstract

This paper argues for a methodological point that bears on a relatively long-standing debate concerning collective beliefs in the sense elaborated by Margaret Gilbert: are they cases of belief or rather of acceptance? It is argued that epistemological accounts and distinctions developed in individual epistemology on the basis of considering the individual case are not necessarily applicable to the collective case or, more generally, uncritically to be adopted in collective epistemology.

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Margaret Gilbert
University of California, Irvine
Daniel Pilchman
Chapman University

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