Wikipedia and the epistemology of testimony

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Wikipedia and the epistemology of testimony
Authors: Deborah Perron Tollefsen [edit item]
Citation: Episteme - Edinburgh 57 (1): . 2009 March.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.3366/E1742360008000518.
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Wikipedia and the epistemology of testimony is a publication by Deborah Perron Tollefsen.


[edit] Abstract

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.

[edit] Research questions

"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?"

Research details

Topics: Epistemology, Deliberative collaboration [edit item]
Domains: Philosophy and ethics [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Theory of collective epistemic agency (Tollefsen 2006)" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

""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.""

[edit] Comments

""Wikipedia involves an odd mix of individual testimony and group testimony where, at times, the group testifying is Wikipedia itself." p. 22"


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AbstractIn “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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Has authorDeborah Perron Tollefsen +
Has domainPhilosophy and ethics +
Has topicEpistemology + and Deliberative collaboration +
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Peer reviewedYes +
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Published inEpisteme - Edinburgh +
Research designConceptual +
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TitleWikipedia and the epistemology of testimony
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Volume57 +
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Year2009 +