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dc.titleCoverage-Reliability, Epistemic Dependence, and the Problem of Rumor-Based Belief
dc.contributor.authorGelfert, A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-01T10:17:19Z
dc.date.available2016-06-01T10:17:19Z
dc.date.issued2013-09
dc.identifier.citationGelfert, A. (2013-09). Coverage-Reliability, Epistemic Dependence, and the Problem of Rumor-Based Belief. Philosophia (United States) 41 (3) : 763-786. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-012-9408-z
dc.identifier.issn00483893
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124447
dc.description.abstractRumors, for better or worse, are an important element of public discourse. The present paper focuses on rumors as an epistemic phenomenon rather than as a social or political problem. In particular, it investigates the relation between the mode of transmission and the reliability, if any, of rumors as a source of knowledge. It does so by comparing rumor with two forms of epistemic dependence that have recently received attention in the philosophical literature: our dependence on the testimony of others, and our dependence on what has been called the 'coverage-reliability' of our social environment (Goldberg 2010). According to the latter, an environment is 'coverage-reliable' if, across a wide range of beliefs and given certain conditions, it supports the following conditional: If ~p were true I would have heard about it by now. However, in information-deprived social environments with little coverage-reliability, rumors may transmit information that could not otherwise be had. This suggests that a trade-off exists between levels of trust in the coverage-reliability of official sources and (warranted) trust in rumor as a source of information. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectCoverage
dc.subjectEpistemic dependence
dc.subjectRumor
dc.subjectRumour
dc.subjectSocial epistemology
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentPHILOSOPHY
dc.description.doi10.1007/s11406-012-9408-z
dc.description.sourcetitlePhilosophia (United States)
dc.description.volume41
dc.description.issue3
dc.description.page763-786
dc.identifier.isiut000324103400014
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