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Knowledge and its Place in Nature$
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Hilary Kornblith

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246319.001.0001

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Normativity and Natural Knowledge

Normativity and Natural Knowledge

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(p.137) 5 Normativity and Natural Knowledge
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Knowledge and its Place in Nature
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Hilary Kornblith (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199246319.003.0005

Critics of naturalistic epistemology often argue that any account of knowledge that is descriptive thereby loses its ability to account for epistemic normativity. This chapter presents an account of epistemic normativity that flows from the descriptive account of knowledge as a natural kind presented in Ch. 2. Epistemic norms are argued to be hypothetical imperatives, contingent on having desires of any sort at all. Epistemic norms are thus universal, even if only hypothetical.

Keywords:   epistemic normativity, epistemic norm, hypothetical imperative, natural knowledge, naturalistic epistemology, normativity

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