A Deflationary Account of Group Testimony

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEssays in Collective Epistemology
EditorsJennifer Lackey
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9780199665792
StatePublished - 2015


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