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Naturalism? What Naturalism?

Longino, Helen (2021) Naturalism? What Naturalism? Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, 95. pp. 140-157.

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Naturalism is often defined by reference to what it is not. The non-naturalisms to which naturalism is contrasted are a heterogeneous bunch. And what it is important not to be is a function of the particular concerns of a philosophical culture at a particular time. Most recently naturalism was taken to be science-based analysis, reflecting a turn away from so-called armchair philosophizing. A survey of the sciences relevant to epistemology supports the pessimistic conclusion that none of them is ready to replace or even play a major role in informing philosophical epistemology. The lecture proposes that naturalism in epistemology takes empirical subjects as model cognitive agents, and that epistemic norms are best thought of as sedimented conventions rather than as transcendent rules.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Longino, Helenhlongino@stanford.edu0000-0002-1206-4891
Keywords: naturalism, epistemology, psychology, cognitive science, convention
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Professor Helen Longino
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2021 05:10
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2021 05:10
Item ID: 19917
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association
Publisher: American Philosophical Association
Official URL: https://www.apaonline.org/
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: November 2021
Page Range: pp. 140-157
Volume: 95
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19917

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