Title

Should epistemology be naturalized?: A metaepistemological investigation

Date of Award

1989

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Philosophy

First Committee Member

Harvey Siegel, Committee Chair

Abstract

Quine's account of why epistemology should be naturalized is examined. His claim that traditional epistemology has been misconceived and therefore should be abandoned is criticized and rejected. Quine's proposal to replace traditional epistemology with a naturalistic account is criticized and rejected. In the light of these criticisms, it is suggested that a "Yes" answer to the above metaepistemological question is, at best, premature. This response is then further weakened by a brief examination of some recent attempts to develop naturalistic accounts of the philosophy of science. The results of the investigation indicate that the most reasonable response to the question: Should epistemology be naturalized? is "No."

Keywords

Philosophy

Link to Full Text

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