ilosophy Talk this Friday: Adam Green (University of Innsbruck) “Knowledge as a Team Sport”

Philosophy Talk this Friday: Adam Green (University of Innsbruck) “Knowledge as a Team Sport” (08/03/2013)

Adam Green (University of Innsbruck) will be giving a talk on March 8th:


“Knowledge as a Team Sport”


Friday, 5-7pm, TB130


ABSTRACT: Virtue epistemology and credit theories of knowledge think about knowledge as a kind of achievement. Knowing is achieving a true belief through cognitive excellence or, at least, through reliable faculties. Virtue epistemology has a lot of strengths to recommend it, especially its account of the normativity and the value of knowledge.

Many, however, consider it to be a non-starter because of a growing list of problems some of the most well known of which concern testimony, that is, coming to believe things on the say-so of others.

There are at least three problems for virtue/ credit views associated with testimony. First, if anyone deserves the credit for one coming by a true testimonial belief, it would seem to be the testifier not the recipient of testimony. Second, one commonly predicates testimonial knowledge of children despite the fact that they are gullible and thus not skillful recipients of testimony. Third, results from social psychology challenge the idea that we are at all reliable in monitoring others for trustworthiness, deceit, or competence. In this talk, I develop an anti-individualistic virtue epistemology, and I use it to resolve these three supposed shortcomings of virtue epistemologies and credit theories of knowledge.


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Dr. Lucas Thorpe

Philosophy Department

Bogazici University