In our second special issue, we addresses the future direction of social epistemology.
Social epistemology takes as a matter of course the significance of, and need to examine closely, the social, collective dimensions of knowledge. Yet, social epistemology remains “associated with a broad set of approaches” about which “little consensus” exists regarding the definition and scope of the field’s ostensible objects of inquiry — the ‘social’ and ‘knowledge’.
In the 25th anniversary issue of Social Epistemology, Steve Fuller published “Social Epistemology: A Quarter-Century Itinerary.” The article offers, in part, both a criticism of “analytic social epistemology” (the approach to social epistemology associated with Alvin Goldman’s work) and a set of four questions serving as a guide to social epistemology’s future research agenda. Using Fuller’s article as a touchstone in their arguments, the contributors to this special issue help forward, and assure the vitality of, the endeavor we realize collectively as social epistemology.
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Please refer to: Special Issue 1: “Normative Functionalism and the Pittsburgh School”.
Editor’s Note: Articles for this special issue will be added over the coming weeks.
I. The Varieties of Social Epistemology
Two Kinds of Social Epistemology
Finn Collin, University of Copenhagen, DK
II. Is Analytic Social Epistemology Sufficiently Socially Oriented?
“Analytic Social Epistemology” and the Epistemic Significance of Other Minds
Sanford C. Goldberg, Northwestern University, USA
Secrets, Errors and Mathematics: Reconsidering the Role of Groups in Social Epistemology, Miika Vähämaa, University of Helsinki, Finland
III. Finding Alternatives to the Fuller/Goldman Debate
Two-Stage Reliabilism, Virtue Reliabilism, Dualism and the Problem of Sufficiency
Paul Faulkner, University of Sheffield, UK
The Social Dimension of Dialectical Truth: Hegel’s Idea of Objective Spirit
Angelica Nuzzo, Brooklyn College (CUNY), USA
Extended Knowledge and Social Epistemology
Orestis Palermos and Duncan Pritchard, University of Edinburgh, UK