Knowledge and Social Practices

Hilary Kornblith

in Knowledge and its Place in Nature

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246311
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597862 | DOI:
 						Knowledge and Social Practices

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In some views, knowledge cannot exist except against the background of certain social practices. Thus, in Davidson's view, there are no beliefs, and thus no knowledge, except in creatures that use and interpret language. In other views, such as Brandom's, belief, and thus knowledge, cannot exist except in creatures that have a social practice of giving and asking for reasons. Finally, there are views in which it is possible to have beliefs without social practices, but it is not possible to have justified beliefs, and hence knowledge, without some relevant social practice, such as holding individuals responsible for the beliefs they have. These views are examined in detail. It is argued that knowledge does not require social practices of any sort whatsoever.

Keywords: Brandom; Davidson; giving reasons; language use; reasons; social practice

Chapter.  12028 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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