Knowledge in a Social World


It’s just occurred to me that this year marks the 10th anniversary of Alvin Goldman’s Knowledge in a Social World. The significance of this work cannot be overstated. Here was the doyen of analytical epistemology completing a major project that was begun 13 years earlier in Epistemology and Cognition. Alvin made it respectable for those of us within the analytical tradition to examine the social dimension to knowledge without descending into a vulgarized relativism. For those of you who haven’t examined this work, here is the book’s overture – “Epistemology and Postmodern Resistance.”