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TESTIMONY AND LIES

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Abstract

In certain situations, lies can be used to pass on knowledge. The kinds of cases I focus on are those involving a speaker's devious manipulation of the hearer's irrational or prejudiced thought. These cases show that sometimes a speaker's knowledge of a hearer's mind is necessary for the testimonial transmission of knowledge. They also support a ‘seeding’ model of knowledge transmission, rather than one that is akin to the postal delivery of complete parcels of information.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.481.x

Publication date: 2007-04-01

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