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Alvin I. Goldman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812875.001.0001

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A Guide to Social Epistemology *

A Guide to Social Epistemology *

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(p.221) 9 A Guide to Social Epistemology*
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Reliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology
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Alvin I. Goldman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812875.003.0010

This chapter summarizes social epistemology and its taxonomies. It presents a wider range of measures of epistemic appraisal, as well as a framework that classifies the varieties of social epistemology in terms of different “actors” that are also the players of focal interest. The chapter shows that social epistemology is prepared to study individual doxastic agents who “choose” among other doxastic attitudes toward a proposition. The chapter also determines that social epistemology can imagine the existence of collective agents and can study social systems that house institutions and relationship patterns.

Keywords:   social epistemology, taxonomies, epistemic appraisal, actors, doxastic agents, doxastic attitudes, collective agents, social systems, relationship patterns, institutions

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