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Conferência Testimony, belief and real people

From: 2014-11-04 To:2014-11-04

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Group MLAG (2014 - 2015) now integrated in:
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    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
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    Mind, Language & Action
  • Testimony, belief, and real people

    Tim Kenyon*

    4 de novembro 2014 | 15h30

    Sala 202 | FLUP


    * Professor of Philosophy at University of Waterloo - Canada



    You say something to me, briefly and casually, and I gain knowledge of a distant and unfamiliar situation. How does this happen? And how could I be rationally justified in gaining so much from so little? Philosophers have long been intrigued by our acquisition of knowledge through testimony, and have proposed a range of strikingly different theories of it. In this talk, I discuss an influential approach that epistemologists have taken recently: namely, that we have a kind of epistemic right to accept testimony in all cases, unless we have specific stronger reasons not to accept it. I argue that this idea owes its plausibility to the lack of detail in which philosophers have considered examples of testimony. If we pay closer attention to the realities and complications of human communication, in part by paying closer attention to social psychology, cognitive science, and language pragmatics, then we see the operations and the significance of testimony very differently.

    Organização: Research Group Mind Language and Action Group (MLAG)
    MLAG Seminars 2014-2015 (Sofia Miguens, João Santos e Luís Veríssimo)


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