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Testimony : a philosophical study

Author: C A J Coady
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The role of testimony in the getting of reliable belief or knowledge is a central but neglected epistemological issue. In this work of original philosophy, Professor Coady explores the nature of testimony and the philosophical debates about it, in order to show how it might be defended as a source of knowledge.
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C A J Coady
ISBN: 0198247869 9780198247869 0198235518 9780198235514
OCLC Number: 57546971
Description: 1 online resource (x, 315 pages)
Contents: I. The Problematic: The domain of testimony; What is testimony?; Objections and clarifications; II. The Tradition: Testimony, observation, and the reductive approach; Deciding for testimony; The analogical approach; Scottish fundamentalism; III. The Solution: The status of testimony; Language and mind; IV: The Puzzles: Astonishing reports; The disappearance of history; Dretske's drinker; V. The Applications: Collingwood and historical testimony; Mathematicalknowledge and reliable authority; Psychology and the law; Experts and the law
Responsibility: C.A.J. Coady.

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This study explores the nature and depth of our reliance upon testimony, addressing the complex definitional puzzles surrounding the idea. The author analyzes the tradition of debate on the topic and  Read more...

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Everyone interested philosophically in human knowledge should read Tony Coady's book, Testimony. * The Australian, Feb 1994 * wide-ranging and important philosophical study ... Coady's discussion Read more...

 
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