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Investigating Knowledge Itself

Hilary Kornblith

in Knowledge and its Place in Nature

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246311
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597862 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246319.003.0001
 						Investigating Knowledge Itself

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Philosophical investigations in general, and epistemological investigations in particular, typically begin with conceptual analysis. It is argued that an analysis of our concept of knowledge is no more relevant to epistemology than an analysis of our concept of gold would be relevant to the proper conduct of chemistry, for knowledge, like gold, is a natural kind. The role of intuition in philosophical theory construction is discussed, and a naturalistic account of the practice of appealing to intuitions is presented and defended.

Keywords: conceptual analysis; epistemology; intuition; knowledge; natural kind; naturalism; philosophical method

Chapter.  9645 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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