Special Issue "Testimony and Autonomy in Social Epistemology"

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Raffaela Giovagnoli
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Faculty of Philosophy, Pontifical Lateran University, 00184 Roma, Italy
Interests: social ontology, social epistemology, philosophy of language, theories of autonomy, epistemology, philosophy of artificial intelligence
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Dr. Jacopo Marchetti
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Department of Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge, Università di Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Interests: Philosophy of the social sciences; political philosophy; history of political doctrines
Dr. Alfonso D’Amodio
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The International Research Area on Foundations of the Sciences (IRAFS), Pontifical Lateran University, 00184 Roma, Italy
Interests: Political philosophy; analytic philosophy; logic; philosophy of artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Social Epistemology is the study of the social dimension of knowledge, the source of the objectivity of shared beliefs and information. We can find investigations on social knowledge in our philosophical tradition (Plato, Hume, Reid, Locke). In the contemporary debate, there are different and contrasting perspectives about the nature of social knowledge, depending on the role they assign to classical epistemology. We invite submissions for this Special Issue on the “indirect” source of information; namely, testimony, new conceptions of autonomy related to social epistemology, and possible connections between testimony and autonomy. Knowledge by testimony is one of the most discussed topics in social epistemology and we welcome papers that focus on the relationship between testimony and different epistemological perspectives. We also welcome contributions on new conceptions of autonomy in social epistemology and social sciences.

Prof. Raffaela Giovagnoli
Dr. Jacopo Marchetti
Dr. Alfonso D’Amodio
Guest Editors

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  • Information
  • Testimony
  • Autonomy
  • Rationality
  • Community

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