Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Steven D. Hales
    Pages 19-35 Open Access
  3. Matthew J. Brown
    Pages 37-56 Open Access
  4. Mario De Caro
    Pages 57-70 Open Access
  5. Kareem Khalifa, Jared Millson
    Pages 87-106 Open Access
  6. Nick Treanor
    Pages 107-121 Open Access
  7. J. Adam Carter
    Pages 123-140 Open Access
  8. Barry Stroud
    Pages 141-148 Open Access
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 149-152

About this book


This open access book – as the title suggests – explores some of the historical roots and epistemological ramifications of perspectivism. Perspectivism has recently emerged in philosophy of science as an interesting new position in the debate between scientific realism and anti-realism. But there is a lot more to perspectivism than discussions in philosophy of science so far have suggested. Perspectivism is a much broader view that emphasizes how our knowledge (in particular our scientific knowledge of nature) is situated; it is always from a human vantage point (as opposed to some Nagelian "view from nowhere"). This edited collection brings together a diverse team of established and early career scholars across a variety of fields (from the history of philosophy to epistemology and philosophy of science). The resulting nine essays trace some of the seminal ideas of perspectivism back to Kant, Nietzsche, the American Pragmatists, and Putnam, while the second part of the book tackles issues concerning the relation between perspectivism, relativism, and standpoint theories, and the implications of perspectivism for epistemological debates about veritism, epistemic normativity and the foundations of human knowledge.


Perspectival realism Ernst Sosa on virtue perspectivism Conceptual relativism Standpoint epistemology Scientific understanding Explanatory perspectivism Putnam’s naturalism American Pragmatists on contextualism Nietzsche on perspectivism Kant on perspectivism anti-realism Nagelian Epistemic Circularity Putnam Critique of Pure Reason contextualism scientific knowledge of nature Carnap Open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Ana-Maria Crețu
    • 1
  • Michela Massimi
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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