This work package develops a novel, knowledge-first framework for the epistemology of testimony, together with a novel account of testimonial justification. The key hypothesis is that, because testimonial exchanges have the function of generating knowledge in hearers, hearers are by default justified in trusting a speaker’s claim (absent defeaters).
Simion, M. Forthcoming. Resistance to Evidence and the Duty to Believe. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Winner of the Young Epistemologist Prize 2021
Simion, M. and Kelp, C. Forthcoming. A Social Epistemology of Assertion. Oxford Handbook of Social Epistemology, Lackey J. and McGlynn A. (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
Simion, M. 2020. Testimonial Contractarianism: A Knowledge-First Social Epistemology. Nous. Online First.