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On the Social Nature of Objectivity: Helen Longino and Justin Biddle

Eigi, Jaana (2015) On the Social Nature of Objectivity: Helen Longino and Justin Biddle. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 30 (3). pp. 449-463. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

According to Helen Longino, objectivity is necessarily social as it depends on critical interactions in community. Justin Biddle argues that Longino’s account presupposes individuals that are completely open to any criticism; as such individuals are in principle able to criticise their beliefs on their own, Longino's account is not really social. In the first part of my paper I argue that even for completely open individuals, criticism for maintaining objectivity is only possible in community. In the second part I challenge Biddle’s interpretation of Longino’s conception of the individual. I conclude that Longino’s account is necessarily social.


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Eigi, Jaanajaana.eigi@ut.ee
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Biddle; Collins; criticism; epistemic subject; Kusch; Longino; objectivity; social epistemology; rule-following; tacit knowledge
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 19:38
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 19:38
Item ID: 12162
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.13208
Subjects: General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: September 2015
Page Range: pp. 449-463
Volume: 30
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12162

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