Truth, thinking, testimony and trust: Alvin Goldman on epistemology and education

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Harvey Siegel
University of Miami
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In his recent work in social epistemology, Alvin Goldman argues that truth is the fundamental epistemic end of education, and that critical thinking is of merely instrumental value with respect to that fundamental end. He also argues that there is a central place for testimony and trust in the classroom, and an educational danger in over-emphasizing the fostering of students’ critical thinking. In this paper I take issue with these claims, and argue that (1) critical thinking is a fundamental end of education, independently of its instrumental tie to truth, and (2) it is critical thinking, rather than testimony and trust,that is educationally basic
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy of Mind
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Reprint years 2005
ISBN(s) 0031-8205
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2005.tb00452.x
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Belief's Own Ethics.J. Adler - 2002 - MIT Press.
Knowledge in a Social World.Alvin I. Goldman - 1999 - Oxford University Press.
Against Gullibility.Elizabeth Fricker - 1994 - In A. Chakrabarti & B. K. Matilal (eds.), Knowing from Words. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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