Argumentative landscapes: the function of models in social epistemology

Synthese 199 (1-2):369-395 (2021)
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Abstract

We argue that the appraisal of models in social epistemology requires conceiving of them as argumentative devices, taking into account the argumentative context and adopting a family-of-models perspective. We draw up such an account and show how it makes it easier to see the value and limits of the use of models in social epistemology. To illustrate our points, we document and explicate the argumentative role of epistemic landscape models in social epistemology and highlight their limitations. We also claim that our account could be fruitfully used in appraising other models in philosophy and science.

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N. Emrah Aydinonat
University of Helsinki
Petri Ylikoski
University of Helsinki