|Title / Titel||Refurbishing the Epistemic Realm: A Meta-Epistemological Framework|
|Abstract (PDF, 14 KB)|
|Summary / Zusammenfassung||Should we adopt an internalist or externalist perspective on epistemic justification? Can epistemology be naturalised? Do attempts to analyse the concept of knowledge constitute pragmatically relevant epistemological research?
The research project "Refurbishing the Epistemoic Realm: A Meta-Epistemological Framework" is based on the assumption that the debates at the heart of contemporary epistemological theorising need to be assessed with respect to possible goals of, and methodological constraints on, epistemology. In order to deal with the most important 20th century challenges to epistemology (naturalism; the sociology of knowledge and relativism; pragmatism; feminism), we need to be clear about what it is for a model, explanation or theory to count as distinctively epistemological, and we need criteria that determine the success or correctness of epistemological theorising. The project motivates and presents epistemological functionalism as a meta-epistemological framework that incorporates the aforementioned challenges, paying special attention to the partly normative nature of the epistemological enterprise.
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||epistemology; theory of knowledge; criteria of adequacy; explanation; knowledge; meta-epistemology; epistemic norms; epistemic normativity|
|Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Funding source(s) /
|Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career)
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Aug 2005 to Oct 2010|