We are like American robins

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We are like American robins. / Sullivan-Bissett, Ema.

Epistemic duties: new arguments, new angles. ed. / Kevin McCain; Scott Stapleford. 1st. ed. New York : Routledge, 2020. p. 94-110 (Routledge Studies in Epistemology).

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Harvard

Sullivan-Bissett, E 2020, We are like American robins. in K McCain & S Stapleford (eds), Epistemic duties: new arguments, new angles. 1st edn, Routledge Studies in Epistemology, Routledge, New York, pp. 94-110. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429030215-8

APA

Sullivan-Bissett, E. (2020). We are like American robins. In K. McCain, & S. Stapleford (Eds.), Epistemic duties: new arguments, new angles (1st ed., pp. 94-110). (Routledge Studies in Epistemology). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429030215-8

Vancouver

Sullivan-Bissett E. We are like American robins. In McCain K, Stapleford S, editors, Epistemic duties: new arguments, new angles. 1st ed. New York: Routledge. 2020. p. 94-110. (Routledge Studies in Epistemology). https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429030215-8

Author

Sullivan-Bissett, Ema. / We are like American robins. Epistemic duties: new arguments, new angles. editor / Kevin McCain ; Scott Stapleford. 1st. ed. New York : Routledge, 2020. pp. 94-110 (Routledge Studies in Epistemology).

Bibtex

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