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Organon F

Volume 27, November 2020, Issue 4, Pages 422–436

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Time Sensitivity and Acceptance of Testimony

Nader Alsamaani

https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27401

Abstract

Time sensitivity seems to affect our intuitive evaluation of the reasonable risk of fallibility in testimonies. All things being equal, we tend to be less demanding in accepting time sensitive testimonies as opposed to time insensitive testimonies. This paper considers this intuitive response to testimonies as a strategy of acceptance. It argues that the intuitive strategy, which takes time sensitivity into account, is epistemically superior to two adjacent strategies that do not: the undemanding strategy adopted by non-reductionists and the cautious strategy adopted by reductionists. The paper demonstrates that in adopting the intuitive strategy of acceptance, one is likely to form more true beliefs and fewer false beliefs. Also, in following the intuitive strategy, the listener will be fulfilling his epistemic duties more efficiently.

Keywords

Acceptance of testimony; time sensitivity; reductionism; non-reductionism.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Nader Alsamaani (assistant professor of philosophy)

Affiliation

Qassim University

Address

Department of Cultural Studies, College of Sharia, Qassim University, P. O. Box: 6666, 51452 Saudi Arabia

E-mail

nsamaany@qu.edu.sa

About this article

Received

29 November 2019

Accepted

10 March 2020

Published online

3 June 2020

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

APA

Alsamaani, N. (2020). Time Sensitivity and Acceptance of Testimony. Organon F27(4), 422–436. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27401

Chicago

Alsamaani, Nader. 2020. "Time Sensitivity and Acceptance of Testimony." Organon F 27 (4): 422–436. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27401

Harvard

Alsamaani, N.  (2020). Time Sensitivity and Acceptance of Testimony. Organon F, 27(4), pp. 422–436. https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27401

Copyright information

© Nader Alsamaani

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