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Epistemology & Philosophy of Science

Volume 53, Issue 3, 2017

Pavel Butakov
Pages 58-67
DOI: 10.5840/eps201753346

Social verification of religious knowledge

The author does not aim to argue with John Greco's theory, but to find out whether it requires any adjustment. The author claims that Greco's theory of the social transmission of knowledge requires the transmitted knowledge to be socially verifiable, that is, to be subject to those means of confirmation that pertain to the social system. Unfortunately, some kinds of religious knowledge are not socially verifiable; therefore, they cannot be transmitted via Greco's social mechanism. The author concludes that Greco's theory turns out to be applicable to the socially verifiable religious testimonies, and not applicable to the rest.

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