Norms, Naturalism and Epistemology

The case for science without norms

  • Jonathan Knowles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 150-182

About this book


In the field of epistemology, naturalism holds that there are no a priori norms for guiding our belief-formation: we must start our inquiries in situ , assuming some beliefs and the general reliability of our basic cognitive practices to justify others. Naturalized epistemology seeks to motivate norms for cognitive enquiry on such a naturalistic basis. The author argues that, whilst naturalism must be embraced, this more abmitious project is in vain: to the extent one can justify naturalistic norms, they are not needed for optimal rational belief-formation.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Knowles
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway

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