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Relying on Others - An Essay in Epistemology (Electronic book text)
Relying on Others - An Essay in Epistemology (Electronic book text): Sanford C. Goldberg

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Sanford C. Goldberg

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Sanford Goldberg investigates the role that others play in our attempts to acquire knowledge of the world. Two main forms of this reliance are examined: testimony cases, where a subject aims to acquire knowledge through accepting what another tells her; and cases involving "coverage," where a subject aims to acquire knowledge of something by reasoning that if things were not so she would have heard about it by now. Goldberg argues that these cases challenge some cherishedassumptions in epistemology. Testimony cases challenge the assumption, prominent in reliabilist epistemology, that the processes through which beliefs are formed never extend beyond the boundaries of the individual believer. And both sorts of case challenge the idea that, insofar knowledge is a cognitiveachievement, it is an achievement that belongs to the knowing subject herself. Goldberg uses results of this sort to question the broadly individualistic orthodoxy within reliabilist epistemology, and to explore what a non-orthodox reliabilist epistemology would look like. The resulting theory is a social-reliabilist epistemology -- one that results from the application of reliabilist criteria to situations in which belief-fixation involves epistemic reliance on others. Sanford Goldbergpresents an important contribution both to the reliability literature in general epistemology and to the social epistemology of testimony and related topics.

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Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2010
Authors: Sanford C. Goldberg
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-6613215581
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Language & linguistics
Books > Humanities > Philosophy
Books > Language & Literature > Language & linguistics > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Epistemology, theory of knowledge
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Epistemology, theory of knowledge
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LSN: 6613215589
Barcode: 9786613215581

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