Group Knowledge, Questions, and the Division of Epistemic Labour

Josh Habgood-Coote

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Discussions of group knowledge typically focus on whether a group’s knowledge that p reduces to group members’ knowledge that p. Drawing on the cumulative reading of collective knowledge ascriptions and considerations about the importance of the division of labour, I argue for a more complex relation between individual and collective knowledge in the form of what I call the Fragmented Knowledge account of group knowledge. This account claims that a group can know an answer to a question in virtue of members of the group knowing parts of that answer, when the whole answer is available to group-level action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-42
Number of pages42
Issue number33
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Jul 2019


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