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10 maggio 2017: Thomas Sturm: Learning from debates over naturalized epistemology: Seven challenges for historical epistemologists

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Seminario di Epistemologia Storica

 

Thomas Sturm (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Learning from debates over naturalized epistemology: Seven challenges for historical epistemologists

 

10 maggio 2017, ore 10:30.

Sala Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia, Via Festa del Perdono 7.

 

La conferenza sarà tenuta in inglese.

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Abstract:

I shall present a friendly criticism of the philosophical ambitions of various leading approaches of historical epistemology, especially those proposed by Lorraine Daston, Jürgen Renn, and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. To do so, I shall first explicate the current philosophical understanding of ‘epistemology’ and its historical background in order to reveal what aspects had to be ignored, and what kind of historical-philosophical case studies to be carried out, in order to make historical epistemology look as attractive as it nowadays seems to many historians. Second, I analyze the philosophical aspirations of the programs of Daston, Renn, and Rheinberger. Third and finally, I compare the debate over historical epistemology with the debate over the pros and cons of naturalized epistemology after Quine. I use lessons learned from the latter debate in order to state seven challenges, some destructive, some constructive, in order to put the philosophical ambitions of historical epistemology on a more solid foundation.

10 maggio 2017
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