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Wikipedia and the epistemology of testimony
Abstract In “Group Testimony” (2007) I argued that In “Group Testimony” (2007) I argued that the testimony of a group cannot be understood (or at least cannot always be understood) in a summative fashion; as the testimony of some or all of the group members. In some cases, it is the group itself that testifies. I also argued that one could extend standard reductionist accounts of the justification of testimonial belief to the case of testimonial belief formed on the basis of group testimony. In this paper, I explore the issue of group testimony in greater detail by focusing on one putative source of testimony, that of Wikipedia. My aim is to the answer the following questions: Is Wikipedia a source of testimony? And if so, what is the nature of that source? Are we to understand Wikipedia entries as a collection of testimonial statements made by individuals, some subset of individuals, or is Wikipedia itself (the organization or the Wikipedia community) the entity that testifies? If Wikipedia itself is a source of testimony, what resources do we have for assessing the trustworthiness of such an unusual epistemic source? In answering these questions I hope to further elucidate the nature of collective epistemic agency (Tollefsen 2006), of which group testimony is a paradigm example.ich group testimony is a paradigm example.
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Comments "Wikipedia involves an odd mix of individual testimony and group testimony where, at times, the group testifying is Wikipedia itself." p. 22
Conclusion "In this paper I have argued that group to"In this paper I have argued that group too can be a source of testimony and provided an analysis of group testimony. I then considered whether or not wikipedia would count as a testifier on this analysis. Wikipedia involves an odd mix of individual testimony and group testimony where, at times, the group testifying is Wikipedia itself. But immaturity of Wikipedia suggests that nothing like Burge's default entitlement (1993) holds when we are browsing its entries.") holds when we are browsing its entries."
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Doi 10.3366/E1742360008000518 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%2Band%2Bthe%2Bepistemology%2Bof%2Btestimony%22  +
Has author Deborah Perron Tollefsen +
Has domain Philosophy and ethics +
Has topic Epistemology + , Deliberative collaboration +
Issue 1  +
Month March  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Episteme - Edinburgh +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions My aim is to the answer the following quesMy aim is to the answer the following questions: Is Wikipedia a source of testimony? And if so, what is the nature of that source? Are we to understand Wikipedia entries as a collection of testimonial statements made by individuals, some subset of individuals, or is Wikipedia itself (the organization or the Wikipedia community) the entity that testifies? If Wikipedia itself is a source of testimony, what resources do we have for assessing the trustworthiness of such an unusual epistemic source?iness of such an unusual epistemic source?
Revid 11,089  +
Theories Theory of collective epistemic agency (Tollefsen 2006)
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Wikipedia and the epistemology of testimony
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8356168  +
Volume 57  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
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Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:35:19  +
Categories Epistemology  + , Deliberative collaboration  + , Philosophy and ethics  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:51  +
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