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In: The Philosophy of Psychology

Chapter 3: Social Epistemology and Psychology

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Social Epistemology and Psychology
Social epistemology and psychology

In this chapter, I present a version of social epistemology that radically departs from classical theories of knowledge and their focus on a conceptual analysis of the individual cognitive agent. My version of social epistemology exchanges conceptual analysis for the empirical methods of the social sciences and replaces the autonomous individual with an appropriately sized and shaped social formation.

In the first section, I sketch the normative scope of this enterprise, which is to design norms that enable knowledge to be pursued by a community of finite inquirers according to standards to which they agree to be held accountable. Here issues of knowledge and power come together in the form of the rhetoric by which epistemic norms are proposed.

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