Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10404
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.5
Author(s):
Jesús Vega Encabo
Publisher(s):
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
article description
In this paper, it is argued that both the informer and the hearer in a testimonial situation deserve epistemic merit insofar as they contribute to the collaborative achievement of sharing knowledge. The paper introduces a distinction between the ideals of self-sufficiency and epistemic autonomy. The autonomous exercise of our epistemic agency is very often carried out under strong conditions of epistemic dependence. Testimony exhibits a kind of social dependence that does not threaten the autonomy of the subjects that need to consider their own epistemic capacities. When involved in a testimonial situation, both speaker and hearer declare, at least implicitly, the standings they occupy in an epistemic space and are obliged to recognise certain epistemic requirements.

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