Reider (2016)

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Reider, Patrick. (Ed.). (2016) Social Epistemology and Epistemic Agency: Decentralizing Epistemic Agency. Rowman and Little.

Title Social Epistemology and Epistemic Agency: Decentralizing Epistemic Agency
Resource Type collection
Author(s) Patrick Reider
Year 2016
Publisher Rowman and Little
ISBN 978-1-78348-347-1


Most philosophers agree that the world contains epistemic subjects, the subjects of knowledge claims and other epistemic assessments. But does the world contain specifically epistemic agents? We talk as if epistemic subjects are agents -- 'His belief is irresponsible,' 'She ought to have known' -- but may on reflection wonder whether we should take the talk at face value. Are you responsible for your beliefs in anything like the way you are responsible for your actions? Does failing to know impugn your character in a way that parallels your failure to act with practical wisdom? Affirmative answers may emerge from reflection on the social dimension of knowing: from how you may come to know through others' testimony or let others know in turn. Can we make sense of such epistemic community without attributing specifically epistemic agency to its participants? Flipping our opening question on its head, should the social provenance of epistemic agency affect how we conceptualize the nature of epistemic subjects?

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