Genealogy and Knowledge-First Epistemology: A Mismatch?

Philosophical Quarterly 69 (274):100-120 (2019)

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Matthieu Queloz
University of Basel
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This paper examines three reasons to think that Craig's genealogy of the concept of knowledge is incompatible with knowledge-first epistemology and finds that far from being incompatible with it, the genealogy lends succour to it. This reconciliation turns on two ideas. First, the genealogy is not history, but a dynamic model of needs. Secondly, by recognizing the continuity of Craig's genealogy with Williams's genealogy of truthfulness, we can see that while both genealogies start out from specific needs explaining what drives the development of certain concepts rather than others, they then factor in less specific needs which in reality do not come later at all, and which have also left their mark on these concepts. These genealogies thereby reveal widespread functional dynamics driving what I call the de-instrumentalization of concepts, the recognition of which adds to the plausibility of such instrumentalist approaches to concepts.
Keywords Epistemology  Philosophical Methodology  Genealogy  Knowledge-First Epistemology  Conceptual Analysis  Conceptual Synthesis  Pragmatism  E. J. Craig  Bernard Williams  Instrumentalism
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqy041
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