How should we understand group testimony as a source of knowledge? According to a reductionist account, a group’s testimony that p is epistemologically reducible to the testimony of some individual(s). In contrast, a non-reductionist account maintains that in some very important sense, the group itself is the bearer of the state. This chapter raises problems for both views and then develops a new deflationary account, according to which the epistemic status of a group’s testimony is reducible to that of one or more individuals, though not necessarily ones who are members of the group in question.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Essays in Collective Epistemology|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||31|
|State||Published - 2015|