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Fabrication and Testimony
Uppsala University, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Metaphysics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7467-7263
2018 (English)In: Lying: Language, Knowledge, Ethics, Politics, Oxford University Press, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
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Forthcoming in E. Michaelson and A. Stokke (eds.) Lying: Language, Knowledge, Ethics, Politics, Oxford University Press

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This chapter is concerned with the question, what are the conditions under which insincerity blocks testimonial knowledge and what are the conditions under which testimonial knowledge may be acquired in the face of insincere testimony? The chapter argues that when insincerity blocks testimonial knowledge, the insincerity involved is a kind of unreliability. In particular, insincere testimony—in particular, lying—is seen to involve fabrication, that is, making something up. It is argued that acquiring testimonial knowledge requires that the testimony be given on a reliable basis. Yet fabrication is not a reliable basis for testimony, and hence this explains why lying testimony typically does not yield testimonial knowledge. By contrast, the chapter shows that, in cases where listeners acquire testimonial knowledge from insincere testifiers, the testimony is given on a reliable basis.

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Oxford University Press, 2018.
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testimony, knowledge, reliability, fabrication, lying, insincerity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379058DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198743965.003.0006ISBN: 9780198743965 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379058DiVA, id: diva2:1295407
Available from: 2019-03-11 Created: 2019-03-11 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved

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