Social Epistemology Essential Readings

ISBN-10: 0195334612
ISBN-13: 9780195334616
Edition: 2011
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

What if anything justifies us in believing the testimony of others? How should we react to disagreement between ourselves and our peers, and to disagreement among the experts when we ourselves are novices? Can beliefs be held by groups of people in addition to the people composing those groups? And if so, how should groups go about forming their beliefs? How should we design social systems, such as legal juries and scientific research-sharing schemes, to promote knowledge among the people who engage in them? When different groups of people judge different beliefs to be justified, how can we tell which groups are correct? These questions are at the heart of the vital discipline of social epistemology. The classic articles in this volume address these questions in ways that are both cutting-edge and easy to understand. This volume will be of great interest to scholars and students in epistemology.

Alvin Goldman is Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona.

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