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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series presents

Juan Piñeros Glassock, Yale University

Authoritative Knowledge

I argue that practical authority is a basic knowledge source: in the right situations, a person is epistemically warranted to form a belief (e.g. about what her subordinates will do) just on the basis of exercising her authority, yielding what I call ‘authoritative knowledge’. I argue for this thesis by presenting arguments against an alternative, inferentialist account of authoritative knowledge, and then by offering a positive, virtue-theoretic account of direct warrant that explains what features of authority make it a basic knowledge source.

Thursday, January 18, 4:00 pm, Watson Hall 517


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