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Information 2019, 10(3), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/info10030101

“Indirect” Information: The Debate on Testimony in Social Epistemology and Its Role in the Game of “Giving and Asking for Reasons”

Faculty of Philosophy, Pontifical Lateran University, Vatican City, 00120 Rome, Italy
Received: 18 January 2019 / Revised: 21 February 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 7 March 2019
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We will sketch the debate on testimony in social epistemology by reference to the contemporary debate on reductionism/anti-reductionism, communitarian epistemology and inferentialism. Testimony is a fundamental source of knowledge we share and it is worthy to be considered in the ambit of a dialogical perspective, which requires a description of a formal structure, which entails deontic statuses and deontic attitudes. In particular, we will argue for a social reformulation of the “space of reasons”, which establishes a fruitful relationship with the epistemological view of Wilfrid Sellars. View Full-Text
Keywords: testimony; justification; commitment; entitlement; speech act testimony; justification; commitment; entitlement; speech act
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Giovagnoli, R. “Indirect” Information: The Debate on Testimony in Social Epistemology and Its Role in the Game of “Giving and Asking for Reasons”. Information 2019, 10, 101.

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