On Saying that Someone Knows: Themes from Craig

Klemens Kappel

in Social Epistemology

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577477
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595189 | DOI:
On Saying that Someone Knows: Themes from Craig

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In his book Knowledge and the State of Nature, Edward Craig proposes a new methodological approach to one of the crucial questions in epistemology, the question what knowledge is, or more precisely the question regarding the nature and the concept of knowledge. The main aim of the chapter is to discuss and to propose a distilled version of Craig's approach. The main issue is how to make sense of questions such as: What is the point of the concept of knowledge? and Why do we attribute knowledge? This chapter characterizes and defends a general way of understanding such questions, and contrasts it to elements of Craig's approach. On the basis of this, the chapter offers some views about what, in Craig's terminology, is the point of the concept of knowledge, and again the chapter contrasts this to some of the claims put forward by Craig. Like Craig, this chapter advocates that understanding the point of the concept of knowledge may yield some insights about knowledge and the concept of knowledge, though space does not permit a discussion of these further questions.

Keywords: attributions of knowledge; concept of knowledge; Craig; methodology of epistemology

Chapter.  10435 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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