Testimony: A Philosophical Study

Testimony: A Philosophical Study

Clarendon Press

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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.

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