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Normativity and Natural Knowledge

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/10.1093/0199246319.003.0005
 						Normativity and Natural Knowledge

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Critics of naturalistic epistemology often argue that any account of knowledge that is descriptive thereby loses its ability to account for epistemic normativity. This chapter presents an account of epistemic normativity that flows from the descriptive account of knowledge as a natural kind presented in Ch. 2. Epistemic norms are argued to be hypothetical imperatives, contingent on having desires of any sort at all. Epistemic norms are thus universal, even if only hypothetical.

Keywords: epistemic normativity; epistemic norm; hypothetical imperative; natural knowledge; naturalistic epistemology; normativity

Chapter.  8889 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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