The nature of testimony

Jennifer Lackey*

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Abstract

I discuss several views of the nature of testimony and show how each proposal has importantly different problems. I then offer a diagnosis of the widespread disagreement regarding this topic; specifically, I argue that our concept of testimony has two different aspects to it. Inadequate views of testimony, I claim, result either from collapsing these two aspects into a single account or from a failure to recognize one of them. Finally. I develop an alternative view of testimony that captures both aspects of the nature of testimony and thereby provides the basis for an illuminating theory of testimony's epistemological significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-197
Number of pages21
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume87
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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