Simulation and epistemic competence

David Henderson, Terence E Horgan

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Increasingly, epistemology is taking the articulate form of an investigation into how we manage, and perhaps might better manage, the cognitive chores of producing, modifying, and generally maintaining belief sets with a view to having a true and systematic understanding of the world. Although this approach has continuities with earlier philosophy, it admittedly makes a departure from the tradition of epistemology as first philosophy. Such investigations are termed “naturalized epistemologies” insofar as they help themselves to scientific information regarding (1) human cognitive capacities and (2) the possibilities for social organization in the pursuit of the classical epistemic goal. Epistemology on this model has been on the rise at least since Quine’s classic manifesto, “Epistemology Naturalized,” declared our principled freedom from the obligation to provide a first philosophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmpathy and Agency
Subtitle of host publicationThe Problem of Understanding in the Human Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780429969386
ISBN (Print)9780813391199
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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