Reading as a source of knowledge

René van Woudenberg*

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This paper argues that reading is a source of knowledge. Epistemologists have virtually ignored reading as a source of knowledge. This paper argues, first, that reading is not to be equated with attending to testimony, and second that it cannot be reduced to perception. Next an analysis of reading is offered and the source of knowledge that reading is further delineated. Finally it is argued that the source that reading is, can be both transmissive and generative, is non-basic, once was a non-essential but has become essential for many people, and can be unique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-742
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Early online date13 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Perception
  • Reading
  • Sources of knowledge
  • Testimony


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