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Learning from Words: Testimony as a Source of Knowledge 1st Edition
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While the above "statement view" is relevant for the epistemology of testimony, Lackey also presents a view that is relevant for the metaphysics of testimony. This is the "disjunctive view." Many advocate a view of testimony that places a huge role on the informant. Lackey concedes that there is also an instance of testimony where the emphasis is on the information-seeker. For instance, when a historian finds a diary full of information relevant for their purposes, we would say the beliefs formed by the historian are testimonial-based, even though the writer of the diary never intended to be an epistemic source to the historian.
Lackey's views press the competing views and allow us to extend our conception of testimony to a much broader view, especially to the one we might think of in legal settings. This is a must read for anyone interested in this topic.