Essays in Collective Epistemology by Jennifer LackeyEssays in Collective Epistemology by Jennifer Lackey

Essays in Collective Epistemology

EditorJennifer Lackey

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We often talk about groups believing, knowing, and testifying. For instance, we ask whether the Bush Administration had good reasons for believing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, or whether BP knew that its equipment was faulty before the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Epistemic claims of this sort often have enormously significant consequences, given the ways they bear on the moral and legal responsibilities of collective entities. Despite the importance of these epistemic claims, there has been surprisingly little philosophical work shedding light on thesephenomena, their consequences, and the broader implications that follow for epistemology in general. Essays in Collective Epistemology aims to fill this gap in the literature by bringing together new papers in this area by some of the leading figures in social epistemology. The volume is divided into four parts and contains ten articles written on a range of topics in collective epistemology. All of the papers focus on fundamental issues framing the epistemological literature on groups, and offer new insights or developments to the current debates: some do so byproviding novel examinations of the epistemological relationship that groups bear to their members, while others point to new, cutting edge approaches to theorizing about concepts and issues related to collective entities. Anyone working in epistemology, or concerned with issues involving the socialdimensions of knowledge, should find the papers in this book both interesting and valuable.
Jennifer Lackey is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. Her recent research focuses on the epistemology of groups, the epistemology of testimony, norms of assertion, and the epistemic significance of disagreement. She has co-edited (with Ernest Sosa) The Epistemology of Testimony (OUP, 2006) and (with David Christensen) ...
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Title:Essays in Collective EpistemologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:December 31, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Jennifer Lackey: IntroductionPart One: The Debate between Summativists and Non-Summativists1. Alvin I. Goldman: Social Process Reliabilism: Solving Justification Problems in Collective Epistemology2. Alexander Bird: When Is There a Group that Knows? Distributed Cognition, Scientific Knowledge, and the Social Epistemic Subject3. Jennifer Lackey: A Deflationary Account of Group TestimonyPart Two: General Epistemic Concepts in the Collective Domain4. Philip Pettit: How to Tell if a Group Is an Agent5. Sarah Wright: The Stoic Epistemic Virtues of Groups6. David Christensen: Disagreement and Public ControversyPart Three: Individual and Collective Epistemology7. Ernest Sosa: Social Roots of Human Knowledge8. Margaret Gilbert and Daniel Pilchman: Belief, Acceptance, and What Happens in Groups: Some Methodological ConsiderationsPart Four: Collective Entities and Formal Epistemology9. Rachael Briggs, Fabrizio Cariani, Kenny Easwaran, and Branden Fitelson: Individual Coherence and Group Coherence10. Christian List: When to Defer to Supermajority Testimony--and When NotIndex

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"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty." --N. D. Smith, CHOICE