The Socialization of Epistemology

Louise Antony

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 The Socialization of Epistemology

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This article analyses the so-called socialization of epistemology and its relevance in political analysis. It criticizes the type of objectivity portrayed in the television show Dragnet and discusses the social ecology of objectivity and attempts to naturalize the study of knowledge. It argues that epistemology has political value and that it is important to understand the social dimensions of knowing to become the kind of knowers crucial to the health of a democratic society. It explains that false epistemologies can be and are used as ideological tools that degrade our social situation.

Keywords: epistemology; political analysis; objectivity; Dragnet; social ecology; knowledge; democratic society; false epistemologies

Article.  10003 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; Political Behaviour

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