Epistemology and Postmodern Resistance

Alvin I. Goldman

in Knowledge in a Social World

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238201
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597527 | DOI:
 Epistemology and Postmodern Resistance

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Both natural curiosity and practical concerns fuel our desire for true belief, i.e., knowledge (in a weak sense). The value of true belief can trumped by other values, but it is of special concern to epistemology. Many writers and contemporary movements (social constructivism, postmodernism, pragmatism) repudiate realist truth as a viable criterion of epistemic phenomena. This chapter responds to six criticisms of truth‐based epistemology, criticisms that appeal to a consensus theory of truth, the social construction of facts, the alleged unknowability of truth, and the denial of epistemic privilege.

Keywords: epistemic privilege; epistemology; postmodernism; social construction; truth

Chapter.  18462 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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