Paul Faulkner


BA Cambridge, MA KCL, PhD UCL


I have been a member of the Department since September 2001; after a two-year lectureship at University College London, where I took my doctorate.

Research Interests

The focus of my research is the epistemology of testimony. The ambition is to produce a theory of testimony that recognises and accounts for the ways in which testimony is a unique source of knowledge and justification. In doing so I am interested in questions such as the following. Are others´ utterances good grounds for belief merely because they can constitute good evidence? What is the psychologically correct description of how we respond to testimony? Are the reactive attitudes we demonstrate in communication epistemologically important? In what ways does believing what someone says introduce problems of trust? Is there anything wrong with lying? Do knowledge and belief differ in the way they get transmitted across persons? How does believing what a speaker says relate an audience to that speaker and to a wider community of knowledge? In what ways, do we need to invoke communities in order to explain the ways in which knowledge is social? Recently, my interest has focused on trust.


Selected Publications

  • The Philosophy of Trust, edited with Thomas Simpson (OUP 2017)
  • Knowledge on Trust, (OUP, 2011)
  • "Testimony and Trust" forthcoming Routledge Handbook on Trust (Routledge 2020)
  • The Nature and Rationality of Conversion", European Journal of Philosophy, 2019
  • "Indirect Communication, Authority, and Proclamation: Løgstrup’s Critique of Kierkegaard", Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 2019
  • "What are We Doing When We Are Training?", Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2019
  • "Fake Barns, Fake News", Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective 2018
  • "Trust in Government", Journal of Social Philosophy 2018
  • "Giving the Benefit of the Doubt", International Journal of Philosophical Studies 2018
  • "Collective Testimony and Collective Knowledge", Ergo 2018
  • "The Problem of Trust", Faulkner & Simpson eds. The Philosophy of Trust (OUP 2017)
  • "Agency and Disagreement", Reider ed. Social Epistemology and Epistemic Agency: Decentralizing the Epistemic Agent (Rowman Littlefield 2016)
  • "The Attitude of Trust is Basic", Analysis 2015
  • "The Moral Obligations of Trust", Philosophical Explorations online first 2014
  • "A Virtue Theory of Testimony", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2014, 114(2)
  • "Really Trying or Merely Trying", Journal of the Philosophy of Sport online first 2103
  • "Two-Stage Reliabilism, Virtue Reliabilism, Dualism and the Problem of Sufficiency", Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2013, 2(8).
  • "Precis" and "Replies", Symposium on Knowledge on Trust, Abstracta, 2012, SI(6).Philosophy of trust
  • "Norms of Trust", Millar & Pritchard eds. Social Epistemology (OUP, 2010)
  • "A Genealogy of Trust", Episteme, 2007, 4(3).
  • "On Telling and Trusting", Mind, 2007, 116(464).
  • "What is Wrong With Lying?", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2007, 75(3).
  • "On the Rationality of Our Response to Testimony", Synthese, 2002, 131(3).
  • "The Social Character of Testimonial Knowledge", Journal of Philosophy, 2000, 97(11).

Papers can be downloaded from my personal page

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