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A Science-Based Critique of Epistemological Naturalism in Quine’s Tradition

Authors: Gubelmann, Reto

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  • Offers a unique contribution to the literature on epistemological naturalism in Quine's tradition 
  • Located at the intersection of epistemology, metaphilosophy, and philosophy of science
  • Provides a novel argument for the claim that epistemological naturalists are committed to scientific realism
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At the intersection of epistemology, metaphilosophy, and philosophy of science, this exciting new book examines the epistemic limits of empirical science. It makes a unique contribution to research on epistemological naturalism in Quine’s tradition by criticizing the position based on first-order data from empirical psychology and the history of natural science. This way, it meets the naturalist on their own ground not only regarding subject matter, but also regarding their epistemic methods. The book explores the works of a variety of philosophers in the field, including W. V. Quine, Penelope Maddy, Tyler Burge, Stathis Psillos and Howard Sankey.

By carefully considering experimental results from behaviourism as well as developmental and perceptual psychology, Gubelmann finds that none of these disciplines can furnish the epistemic means to successfully naturalize the central cognitive preconditions of scientific theorizing. Furthermore, Gubelmann presents novel arguments for the claims that epistemological naturalists are committed to scientific realism, and that they are unable to defend this position. Based on these results, Gubelmann concludes that epistemology is not part of empirical science, which directly contradicts epistemological naturalism.


About the authors

Reto Gubelmann is a part-time lecturer in Philosophy at the Universities of Zurich, Switzerland, and St.Gallen, Switzerland, and head of program development at the University of St.Gallen. He specializes in epistemology, metaphilosophy, philosophy of science, and Quine.


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Science-Based Critique of Epistemological Naturalism in Quine’s Tradition
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24524-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24524-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24523-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 286
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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