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Collective Epistemology


Philosophical epistemology is concerned with knowledge and related phenomena such as belief. In order to have a general label for such phenomena I shall refer to them as cognitive states. Differing accounts of a variety of cognitive states have been produced. For instance, according to one venerable – if debated – account of knowledge, it is justified true belief. Belief has been contrasted with acceptance, though the belief-acceptance contrast has been drawn in a variety of different ways.

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Raimo Tuomela , 1992, ‘Group beliefs’, Synthese vol. 91, 285318,

Emile Durkheim , 1982, The Rules of Sociological Method, translated from the French by W. D. Halls , Free Press: New York

K. Bradley Wray , 2002, ‘Collective Belief and Acceptance’, Synthese, 129: 319333;

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