Testimony: A Philosophical Study / Edition 1

Testimony: A Philosophical Study / Edition 1

by C. A. J. Coady
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198235518

ISBN-13: 9780198235514

Pub. Date: 03/23/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Our trust in the word of others is often dismissed as unworthy, because the illusory ideal of "autonomous knowledge" has prevailed in the debate about the nature of knowledge. Yet we are profoundly dependent on others for a vast amount of what any of us claim to know. Coady explores the nature of testimony in order to show how it might be justified as a

Overview

Our trust in the word of others is often dismissed as unworthy, because the illusory ideal of "autonomous knowledge" has prevailed in the debate about the nature of knowledge. Yet we are profoundly dependent on others for a vast amount of what any of us claim to know. Coady explores the nature of testimony in order to show how it might be justified as a source of knowledge, and uses the insights that he has developed to challenge certain widespread assumptions in the areas of history, law, mathematics, and psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198235514
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/23/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

I. The Problematic: The domain of testimony; What is testimony?; Objections and clarifications; II. The Tradition: Testimony, observation, and the reductive approach; Deciding for testimony; The analogical approach; Scottish fundamentalism; III. The Solution: The status of testimony; Language and mind; IV: The Puzzles: Astonishing reports; The disappearance of history; Dretske's drinker; V. The Applications: Collingwood and historical testimony; Mathematical knowledge and reliable authority; Psychology and the law; Experts and the law

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