Knowledge in a Social World

Knowledge in a Social World

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Knowledge in a Social World offers a philosophy for the information age. Alvin Goldman explores new frontiers by creating a thoroughgoing social epistemology, moving beyond the traditional focus on solitary knowers. Social, cultural, and technological changes present new challenges to our ways of knowing and understanding, and philosophy must face these challenges. Against the tides of postmodernism and social constructionism Goldman defends the
integrity of truth and shows how to promote it by well-designed forms of social interaction. He urges that social discourse promises more than the mere politics of consensus, and that suitably norm-governed debate and belief-revision can increase veridical knowledge.

Goldman's aims are not just philosophical but practical. From science to education, from law to democracy, he shows why and how public institutions should seek knowledge-enhancing practices. He examines how cyberspace and other technologies expand the scope of communication, and warns of the need to safeguard content quality. He scrutinizes the free marketplace of ideas, the adversary system in the law, and media coverage of political campaigns. The result is a bold, timely, and systematic
treatment of the philosophical foundations of an information society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 28mm | 619.99g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198238207
  • 9780198238201
  • 555,909

Table of contents

PART I: FOUNDATIONS; 1. EPISTEMOLOGY AND POSTMODERN RESISTANCE; 2. TRUTH; 3. THE FRAMEWORK; PART II: GENERIC SOCIAL PRACTICES; 4. TESTIMONY; 5. ARGUMENTATION; 6. THE TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS OF COMMUNICATION; 7. SPEECH REGULATION AND THE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS; PART III: SPECIAL DOMAINS; 8. SCIENCE; 9. LAW; 10. DEMOCRACY; 11. EDUCATION; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.
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Knowledge in a Social World by Alvin I. Goldman is one of the most recent contributions to the field (of the philosophy of information), and a very welcome one too. * Luciano Floridi, Times Literary Supplement * An important work of monumental scope ... It may well be the most significant interdisciplinary philosophy book of the decade. * Jules Coleman, Yale Law School * Knowledge in a Social World offers a systematic treatment of social epistemology. It is original not only in substance but in conception, opening up whole new avenues of epistemological investigation. * Argumentation * There is no denying that Knowledge in a Social World is a tour de force: wide-ranging, ambitious and challenging. It is engagingly written: non-technical, exceedingly clear, and witty ... a must-read. * Argumentation * ... a comprehensive presentation of Goldman's views on social epistemology. * Philosophy of Science * ... this is a valuable book that includes interesting discussions. * Philosophy of Science * The scope of Goldman's discussion and the characteristic clarity with which he approaches the issues make this book the first classic in the field. * Philosophy and Phenomenological Research *
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About Alvin I. Goldman

Alvin I. Goldman is one of the world's foremost epistemologists; he is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, and a Past President of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association.
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