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Reading Group on Social Epistemology
Thursdays, starting at 12:15PM Atwater D, Room 102
First Meeting: September 20th
For further details, contact Kareem Khalifa (email@example.com)
When different groups of people have conflicting standards of rationality, can we tell which groups are correct? If so, how?
What, if anything, justifies our belief in other people’s testimony?
How should we react to disagreement between our peers and ourselves, and to disagreement among the experts when we ourselves are novices?
Can a community have a belief that stands over and above the beliefs of its members? And if so, how should groups go about forming their beliefs?
How should social groups, such as legal juries and the scientific community, be organized so as to promote knowledge among the people who engage in them?
These questions are at the heart of the vital discipline of social epistemology. For Fall 2012, all members of the Middlebury Community are welcome to read classic articles in this field.