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Epistemic Friction: An Essay on Knowledge, Truth, and Logic

Gila Sher


The essay approaches knowledge from the perspective of the “basic human epistemic situation”–the situation of limited yet resourceful beings, living in a complex world and aspiring to know it in its full complexity. Viewed from this perspective, two fundamental principles of all knowledge are “epistemic friction” and “epistemic freedom”: knowledge must be substantially constrained by the world (friction), but without active participation of the knower (freedom) knowledge is impossible. It follows that all knowledge, empirical and abstract, requires a grounding in both world and mind. With the ... More

Keywords: basic human epistemic situation, epistemic friction, epistemic freedom, foundational holism, dynamic model of knowledge, substantivist theory of truth, grounding for logic, correspondence, semantic formality, Quine

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198768685
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gila Sher, author
University of California San Diego

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