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Knowledge in a Social World

Alvin I. Goldman


A certain conception of social epistemology is articulated and applied to numerous social arenas. This conception retains epistemology's traditional interest in truth and reliable inquiry, but replaces its customary emphasis on solitary knowers with a focus on social institutions and interpersonal practices. Postmodernism, science studies, and pragmatism pose worries about the meaning and attainability of objective truth and knowledge. After laying these concerns to rest, “veritistic” social epistemology is advanced as a normative discipline seeking practices and institutions that would best f ... More

Keywords: argumentation, Bayesianism, democracy, information technology, knowledge, legal evidence, media, science studies, social epistemology, truth

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198238207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alvin I. Goldman, author
University of Arizona
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