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Norms, Naturalism and Epistemology

The case for science without norms


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jonathan Knowles
    Pages 1-5
  3. Jonathan Knowles
    Pages 6-33
  4. Jonathan Knowles
    Pages 34-47
  5. Jonathan Knowles
    Pages 48-65
  6. Jonathan Knowles
    Pages 66-113
  7. Jonathan Knowles
    Pages 114-142
  8. Jonathan Knowles
    Pages 143-149
  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

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway

About the authors

JONATHAN KNOWLES gained a PhD in 1995 at Birkbeck College, University of London with a thesis on the philosophy of cognitive science and language. He then moved to Norway to lecture at the University of Oslo. He presently holds a position in the Philosophy Department of the Norwegian University of Science and Techology in Trondheim, Norway. He has published several articles in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and in the philosophy of science.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Norms, Naturalism and Epistemology
  • Book Subtitle The case for science without norms
  • Authors J. Knowles
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-0287-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-50836-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-51126-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 182
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
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