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What is this thing called social epistemology?

Check out two recent MSS by Alvin Goldman that addresses this question. 1. Why Social Epistemology Is Real Epistemology (to appear in D. Pritchard, A. Haddock, and A. Millar, eds., Social Epistemology, Oxford University Press). Goldman, the doyen of analytical social epistemology takes on the late Bill Alston. 2. Systems-Oriented Social Epistemology (to appear in…

Alvin Goldman Symposium

Look out for what might be best considered the results from a symposium on Alvin Goldman in his distinctive guise as epistemologist – distinctive in the sense that he’s been at the heart of “analytical” epistemology for the past 40+ years and has recently lead the charge to make social epistemology acceptable to analytical epistemologists.…

Oakeshott’s Relativism

Attributions of relativism to Oakeshott are twofold: The first, and the more common attribution, is from the general perspective of viewing Oakeshott as a postmodern relativist. The second, more technical aspect and less familiar attribution, involves the assumption that Oakeshott was a coherentist.  I examine the second view first. On this assumption it is standard to…

Evidence and Law

The latest issue of EPISTEME is a terrific bumper issue devoted to this fascinating topic. As if that’s not news enough, it is available for free download – hurry while stocks last! As plugged by Leiter. Table of Contents – Evidence and Law Special offer – all free issues free until Feb 28 Journal Homepage

EPISTEME editors interviewed

The Philosophers Magazine has an article entitled “The Spotlight Falls on Bright Young Thing,” a profile of EPISTEME Associate Editor Christian List (Issue 42, pp. 7-8). In the next issue of TPM EPISTEME editor Alvin Goldman will be profiled (pp. 88-93). Social epistemology in an analytic vein is finally getting the wider philosophical exposure it deserves.

The Social Epistemology of Blogging

Alvin Goldman, the doyen of analytic social epistemology, has a draft paper posted on his website entitled “The Social Epistemology of Blogging.” What’s gratifying to me is that via Richard Posner (whom Goldman cites), Hayek, who I have argued is the social epistemologist par excellence, makes an appearance. I have recently argued that if Hayek was centrally…

CFP: the significance of disagreement

EPISTEME will hold its sixth annual conference at Northwestern University on June 26-27, 2009. The 2009 meeting will focus on the epistemological significance of disagreement. Confirmed participants include: Michael Bergmann (Purdue), Stewart Cohen (Arizona State), Sherrilyn Roush (Berkeley) and Roger White (MIT). SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Papers should be no more than 5,000 words, excluding notes and…