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Foundationalism and the Disengaged Knower

  • Matthew Whittingham
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Abstract

I outline foundationalism and its reliance on an immediately given epistemic content. I develop the foundationalist account as related to a particular picture of the human condition, the moral/cultural motivations for adopting such an account, and I highlight the connection of foundationalism to atomistic conceptions of the individual. I give arguments for, and classic examples of, both rationalist and empiricist forms of immediacy. I end the chapter by highlighting what I take to be incoherent in the notion of an immediately given epistemic content and outline the transcendental form of argument I will use to draw out this incoherency. In giving these transcendental arguments over the following two chapters, I will be putting pressure on the atomist conception of the individual which is so connected with the foundationalist enterprise.

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  • Matthew Whittingham
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  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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