For A Service Conception of Epistemic Authority: A Collective Approach

Social Epistemology (2):1-11 (2019)
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Abstract

This paper attempts to provide a remedy to a surprising lacuna in the current discussion in the epistemology of expertise, namely the lack of a theory accounting for the epistemic authority of collective agents. After introducing a service conception of epistemic authority based on Alvin Goldman’s account of a cognitive expert, I argue that this service conception is well suited to account for the epistemic authority of collective bodies on a non-summativist perspective, and I show in detail how the defining requirements of an expert can apply to epistemic groups.

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Michel Croce
UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Genova

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