Knowledge and its Place in Nature

Oxford University Press (2002)
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Abstract

Hilary Kornblith argues for a naturalistic approach to investigating knowledge. Knowledge, he explains, is a feature of the natural world, and so should be investigated using scientific methods. He offers an account of knowledge derived from the science of animal behavior, and defends this against its philosophical rivals. This controversial and refreshingly original book offers philosophers a new way to do epistemology.

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Investigating Knowledge Itself

Philosophical investigations in general, and epistemological investigations in particular, typically begin with conceptual analysis. It is argued that an analysis of our concept of knowledge is no more relevant to epistemology than an analysis of our concept of gold would be relevant to th... see more

Normativity and Natural Knowledge

Critics of naturalistic epistemology often argue that any account of knowledge that is descriptive thereby loses its ability to account for epistemic normativity. This chapter presents an account of epistemic normativity that flows from the descriptive account of knowledge as a natural kin... see more

What Philosophy Might Be

The investigation carried out in this book is an example of a thoroughly empirical philosophical project. It is argued that this naturalistic conception of philosophy is continuous with much of the philosophical work of the past, although it does not leave philosophy entirely as it was. A ... see more

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Hilary Kornblith
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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