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Social Epistemology and Epistemic Agency: Decentralizing Epistemic Agency

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2018.07.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Patrick J. Reider (ed.), Social Epistemology and Epistemic Agency: Decentralizing Epistemic Agency, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 182pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781783483471. Reviewed by  Edward S. Hinchman, Florida State University Most philosophers agree that the world contains epistemic subjects, the subjects of knowledge claims and other epistemic assessments. But does the world contain specifically epistemic agents? We talk as if epistemic subjects are agents -- 'His belief is irresponsible,' 'She ought to have known' -- but may on reflection wonder whether we should take the talk at face value. Are you responsible for your beliefs in anything like the way you are responsible for your actions? Does failing to know impugn your character in a way that parallels your failure to act with practical wisdom? Affirmative answers may emerge from reflection on the social dimension of knowing: from how you may come. . .

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