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Epistemic Evaluation: Purposeful Epistemology

David K. Henderson and John Greco


This volume aims to explore and apply a particular methodology in epistemology. The methodology is to consider the point(s) or purpose(s) of our epistemic evaluations, and to pursue epistemological theory in light of such matters. Call this purposeful epistemology. The idea is that considerations about the point and purpose of epistemic evaluation might fruitfully constrain epistemological theory and yield insights for epistemological reflection. Several chapters explicitly address this methodology. Other chapters focus on advancing some application of it. For example, some of the chapters foc ... More

Keywords: contextualism, philosophical methodology, knowledge, justification, Edward Craig, social epistemology, pragmatic encroachment, testimony, epistemic norm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642632
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David K. Henderson, editor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

John Greco, editor
Saint Louis University

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Front Matter


David Henderson and John Greco

Part I Philosophical Methods and Evaluative Purposes

2 Know First, Tell Later

Elizabeth Fricker

3 What’s the Point?

David Henderson and Terence Horgan

PART II Contextualism and Pragmatic Encroachment

Part III Does Knowledge Always Require Reasons?

6 Knowledge in Practice

Michael Williams

Part IV The Internalism/Externalism Debate

9 Why Justification Matters

Declan Smithies

Part V Epistemic Norms as Social Norms

End Matter