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A central concern of the epistemology of testimony is to explain how we acquire knowledge through the testimony of others. We do, of course, acquire many beliefs through testimony and many of those beliefs are true, but if we believe something which happens to be true we do not necessarily know that which we believe. A child might believe there is life on Mars because he has read too many comic books and it might turn out that the planet does harbour microbial life, but the child does not know that there is life on Mars. Knowledge requires more than true belief. How are we epistemically justified in believing something on the basis of testimony?

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