Epistemological Naturalism: Hume, Wittgenstein, and Strawson

Ernest Sosa

in Reflective Knowledge

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199217250
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696053 | DOI:
Epistemological Naturalism: Hume, Wittgenstein, and Strawson

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This chapter considers the epistemological naturalism found in David Hume, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and P. F. Strawson. Epistemological naturalism might be defined as a kind of cognitive quietism that scorns activist attempts to justify our ordinary beliefs philosophically. Such practical quietism is compatible, however, with the theoretical activism of an epistemology aimed at explaining what gives our beliefs the cognitive status required to constitute knowledge.

Keywords: epistemological naturalism; Hume; Wittgenstein; Strawson; cognitive quietism

Chapter.  3712 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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