Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief (Paperback)
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Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief (Paperback)

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In this book Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski gives an extended argument that the self-reflective person is committed to belief on authority. Epistemic authority is compatible with autonomy, but epistemic self-reliance is incoherent. She argues that epistemic and emotional self-trust are rational and inescapable, that consistent self-trust commits us to trust in others, and that among those we are committed to trusting are some whom we ought to treat as epistemic authorities, modeled on the well-known principles of authority of Joseph Raz. Some of these authorities can be in the moral and religious domains. Why have people for thousands of years accepted epistemic authority in religious communities? A religious community's justification for authority is typically based on beliefs unique to that community. Unfortunately, that often means that from the community's perspective, its justifying claims are insulated from the outside; whereas from an outside perspective, epistemic authority in the community appears unjustified. But as Zagzebski's argument shows, an individual's acceptance of authority in her community can be justified by principles that outsiders accept, and the particular beliefs justified by that authority are not immune to external critiques.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190278267
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 234 x 157 x 18 mm


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In her most recent book, Epistemic Authority, Linda Zagzebski provides a way of thinking about rationality, trust, and authority that many communities - both religious and non-religious, but especially Catholics - will find fits naturally with their considered commitments. It's worth your time to give it a careful read. * Thomas Bogardus and Paige Massey, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly *
Over the course of the eleven chapters of Epistemic Authority, [Zagzebski] attempts to show us how the values of intellectual flourishing and rugged self-reliance conflict. * The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly *
Epistemic Authority is rich, wide-ranging, and provocative. I strongly recommend it, especially to anyone who is interested in epistemic autonomy, epistemic authority, and the rational defensibility of faith and of believing on the authority of one's epistemic community. It will generously reward a careful and thorough read. * Anne Baril, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
The book is beautifully written. It builds on Zagzebskis prior work and has an impressive breadth. * Richard Fumerton, Mind *

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