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Harvey Siegel

In: The Philosophy of Psychology

Chapter 1: Naturalism and the Abandonment of Normativity

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Naturalism and the Abandonment of Normativity
Naturalism and the abandonment of normativity

Epistemology traditionally has been conceived as a normative discipline, concerned to develop and articulate criteria governing the appropriateness of belief. Ideally, it informs us of the warrant or justification that candidate beliefs enjoy and of the nature of warrant and justification themselves. That is, epistemology ideally helps us to determine which of our beliefs are justified and so worthy of belief (and why they are); insofar, it helps to determine what we should believe.

A large and growing body of work suggests that epistemology should be naturalized:reconceived as an empirical discipline and pursued in accordance with the techniques of natural science. One outstanding question this work raises is precisely that of the status of epistemology's ...

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