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Social Epistemology: Essential Readings

Social Epistemology: Essential Readings

Social Epistemology: Essential Readings

Social Epistemology: Essential Readings

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780195334616
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 781,985
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alvin Goldman is Board of Governors Professor, Department of Philosophy and Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University.

Dennis Whitcomb is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Western Washington University

Table of Contents

By Dennis Whitcomb
I. Conceptions of Social Epistemology
Chapter 1. Alvin I. Goldman, "A Guide to Social Epistemology".
Chapter 2. Paul Boghossian, "Epistemic Relativism Defended".
Chapter 3. Miranda Fricker, "Rational Authority and Social Power: Towards a Truly Social Epistemology".
II. Trust in Testimony and Experts
Chapter 4. Jennifer Lackey, "Testimony: Acquiring Knowledge from Others" .
Chapter 5. Sanford C. Goldberg, "If that Were True I Would Have Heard It By Now".
Chapter 6. Alvin Goldman, "Experts: Which Ones Should You Trust?".
III. Reasonable Peer Disagreement
Chapter 7. Richard Feldman, "Reasonable Religious Disagreement".
Chapter 8. Adam Elga, "Reflection and Disagreement".
Chapter 9. Thomas Kelly, "Peer Disagreement and Higher Order Evidence" (selections).
IV. Judgment Aggregation
Chapter 10. Christian List, "Group Knowledge and Group Rationality".
Chapter 11. Philip Pettit, "Groups with Minds of Their Own".
V. Systems Design
Chapter 12. Larry Laudan, "Thinking about Error in the Law".
Chapter 13. Don Fallis, "Wikipistemology".
Chapter 14. Cass R. Sunstein, "Deliberating Groups vs. Prediction Markets (or Hayek's Challenge to Habermas)".
Chapter 15. Kevin J. S. Zollman, "The Communication Structure of Epistemic Communities".

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