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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Naturalistic Epistemology

A Symposium of Two Decades

Editors: Shimony, A., Nails, Debra (Eds.)

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1. AIMS OF THE INTRODUCTION The systematic assessment of claims to knowledge is the central task of epistemology. According to naturalistic epistemologists, this task cannot be well performed unless proper attention is paid to the place of the knowing subject in nature. All philosophers who can appropriately be called 'naturalistic epistemologists' subscribe to two theses: (a) human beings, including their cognitive faculties, are entities in nature, inter­ acting with other entities studied by the natural sciences; and (b) the results of natural scientific investigations of human beings, particularly of biology and empirical psychology, are relevant and probably crucial to the epistemological enterprise. Naturalistic epistemologists differ in their explications of theses (a) and (b) and also in their conceptions of the proper admixture of other components needed for an adequate treatment of human knowledg- e.g., linguistic analysis, logic, decision theory, and theory of value. Those contributors to this volume who consider themselves to be naturalistic epistemologists (the majority) differ greatly in these respects. It is not my intention in this introduction to give a taxonomy of naturalistic epistemologies. I intend only to provide an overview which will stimulate a critical reading of the articles in the body of this volume, by facilitating a recognition of the authors' assumptions, emphases, and omissions.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Naturalistic Epistemology
Book Subtitle
A Symposium of Two Decades
Editors
  • A. Shimony
  • Debra Nails
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
100
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-3735-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-3735-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-2337-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8168-9
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 388
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