Reliable Knowledge and Social Epistemology

Reliable Knowledge and Social Epistemology : Essays on the Philosophy of Alvin Goldman and Replies by Goldman

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This special issue documents the results of a workshop on and with Alvin Goldman at the University of Dusseldorf in May, 2008. The topic was Reliable Knowledge and Social Epistemology. The volume contains the written versions of all papers given at the workshop, divided into five chapters and followed by Alvin Goldman's replies in the sixth and final chapter.
The contributions of the first chapter (E. Brendel, C. Jager, and G. Schurz) address general questions of social epistemology, veritism and externalism, including critical reflections on Goldman's notion of 'weak knowledge'. The subsequent chapter (T. Grundmann and P. Baumann) examines problems which are involved in the search for an adequate explication of reliabilism. In the third chapter, E. Olsson, J. Horvath, C. Piller and M. Werning discuss Goldman and Olsson's account of the problem of the value of knowledge. In the fourth chapter (M. Baurmann & G. Brennan, and O. Scholz) two specific aspects of the social dimension of knowledge are investigated: the relation between knowledge and democracy as well as the definition and recognition of expertise. The fifth chapter (A. Newen & T. Schicht) discusses another part of Goldman's cognitive epistemology, namely his simulation theory of mindreading.
Goldman gives detailed replies to all parts of the papers in the final chapter. He thereby clarifies the many aspects of his philosophy and proposes amendments of earlier positions of his.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 150 x 220 x 17.53mm | 526g
  • Editions Rodopi B.V.
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9042028106
  • 9789042028104

Table of contents

Veritism, Externalism and Strong versus Weak Knowledge: General Reflections on Goldman's Social Epistemology
Elke Brendel: Truth and Weak Knowledge in Goldman's Veritistic Social Epistemology
Christoph Jager: Why to Believe Weakly in Weak Knowledge: Goldman on Knowledge as Mere True Believe
Gerhard Schurz: Meliorative Reliabilist Epistemology: Where Externalism and Internalism Meet
Problems of Reliabilism
Thomas Grundmann: Reliabilism and the Problem of Defeaters
Peter Baumann: Reliabilism-Modal, Probabilistic or Contextualist
The Value of Knowledge
Erik J. Olsson: In Defense of the Conditional Probability Solution to the Swamping Problem
Joachim Horvath: Why the Conditional Probability Solution to the Swamping Problem Fails
Christian Piller: Reliabilist Responses to the Value of Knowledge Problem
Markus Werning: The Evolutionary and Social Preference for Knowledge: How to Solve Meno's Problem within Reliabilism
Problems of Social Knowledge
Michael Baurmann & Geoffrey Brennan: What Should the Voter Know? Epistemic Trust in Democracy
Oliver R. Scholz: Experts: What They Are and how We Recognize Them-A Discussion of Alvin Goldman's Views
Understanding Other Minds
Albert Newen and Tobias Schlicht: Understanding Other Minds: A Criticism of Goldman's Simulation Theory and an Outline of the Person Model Theory
The Philosopher Replies
Alvin I. Goldman: Replies to Discussants
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