Testimony, Reasons, and Evidence

Thursday 5th March, 6pm – 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee at 5:30pm), Room: MK045

(Free lecture. No booking required)

Abstract:

Much of what we know we came to know by believing people who told us things. Do we need reasons or evidence in order to know things in that way? I'll consider arguments to the conclusion that acquiring knowledge by believing people is special, either because we don’t need reasons or because we don’t need evidence. In response, I’ll defend a position on which we do need reasons and yet do not need evidence, but on which this reveals nothing distinctive about knowledge acquired from testimony. 

About the speaker:

Guy Longworth is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Warwick and Editor of the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. He works mainly on epistemology and on the history of philosophy.