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What does it mean to trust in epistemic authority?

Gloria Origgi

Title:
What does it mean to trust in epistemic authority?
Author(s):
Origgi, Gloria
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Type:
Reports
Department(s):
Italian Academy
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Series:
Italian Academy Fellows' Seminar Working Papers
Publisher:
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
"At high-school in Italy many years ago I heard my teacher of Latin say: 'Cicero’s prose is full of synecdoches' . I had a vague idea of what a synecdoche was, and ignored until then that one could characterize Cicero’s writing in this way. Nevertheless, I relied on my teacher’s intellectual authority to acquire the belief that Cicero’s prose is full of synecdoches, and today have a more precise idea of what my teacher was talking about. Was I justified in any sense in uncritically accepting that pronouncement by deferring to my teacher’s authority?"
Subject(s):
Knowledge, Theory of
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