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Knowledge from a Human Point of View

Editors: Çretu, Ana-Maria, Massimi, Michela (Eds.)

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  • First systematic exploration of perspectivism, its historical roots, and epistemological implications
  • Brings together a diverse team of established and early career scholars across a variety of fields
  • Draws attention to a largely unexplored topic
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This open access book – as the title suggests – explores some of the historical roots and epistemological ramifications of perspectivism. Perspectivism has recently emerged in philosophy of science as an interesting new position in the debate between scientific realism and anti-realism. But there is a lot more to perspectivism than discussions in philosophy of science so far have suggested. Perspectivism is a much broader view that emphasizes how our knowledge (in particular our scientific knowledge of nature) is situated; it is always from a human vantage point (as opposed to some Nagelian "view from nowhere"). This edited collection brings together a diverse team of established and early career scholars across a variety of fields (from the history of philosophy to epistemology and philosophy of science). The resulting nine essays trace some of the seminal ideas of perspectivism back to Kant, Nietzsche, the American Pragmatists, and Putnam, while the second part of the book tackles issues concerning the relation between perspectivism, relativism, and standpoint theories, and the implications of perspectivism for epistemological debates about veritism, epistemic normativity and the foundations of human knowledge.

About the authors

Michela Massimi is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has extensively written in the area of history and philosophy of science. She was Co-Editor in Chief of The British Journal for Philosophy of Science (2011-2016), and she is currently the Vice President of the European Philosophy of Science Association. Michela is the PI on a ERC-funded project on Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge and Truth from a Human Vantage Point (2016-2020).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Attempting to Exit the Human Perspective: A Priori Experimentation in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

    Pages 1-18

    Zuckert, Rachel

  • Nietzsche’s Epistemic Perspectivism

    Pages 19-35

    Hales, Steven D.

  • Pluralism and Perspectivism in the American Pragmatist Tradition

    Pages 37-56

    Brown, Matthew J.

  • Hilary Putnam on Perspectivism and Naturalism

    Pages 57-70

    Caro, Mario

  • Scientific Perspectives, Feminist Standpoints, and Non-Silly Relativism

    Pages 71-85

    Ashton, Natalie Alana

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Knowledge from a Human Point of View
Editors
  • Ana-Maria Çretu
  • Michela Massimi
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
416
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27041-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27041-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27040-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 152
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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