Antecedents: Comparative Epistemology as an Outcome

Part of the The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics book series (LEAF, volume 13)

As was indicated in Chapter 1, “comparative epistemology” developed against the backdrop of a number of developments and reversals in the history of philosophical thinking. As Kant (1781/1975) points out in his Introduction to the second edition of his Critique of Pure Reason, at least two important turning points must be identified. Both begin with an epistemological crisis, a paralysing epistemological malaise, but eventually result in a scientific revolution, putting scientific inquiry on a completely new and promising footing. These “happy endings”, however, presuppose significant “therapeutic interventions” in the form of thorough reconsiderations of the epistemological conditions for producing reliable knowledge.


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