1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology

ISBN 9781138858510
Published July 29, 2019 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

Edited by an international team of leading scholars, The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology is the first major reference work devoted to this growing field. The Handbook’s 46 chapters, all appearing in print here for the first time, and written by philosophers and social theorists from around the world, are organized into eight main parts:

  • Historical Backgrounds
  • The Epistemology of Testimony
  • Disagreement, Diversity, and Relativism
  • Science and Social Epistemology
  • The Epistemology of Groups
  • Feminist Epistemology
  • The Epistemology of Democracy
  • Further Horizons for Social Epistemology

With lists of references after each chapter and a comprehensive index, this volume will prove to be the definitive guide to the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of social epistemology.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Part 1: Historical Backgrounds to Social Epistemology

  1. On the background of social epistemology
  2. David Henderson

  3. The What, Why, and How of Social Epistemology
  4. Alvin I. Goldman

  5. The twin roots and branches of social epistemology
  6. Finn Collin

  7. The Philosophical Origins of Classical Sociology of Knowledge
  8. Stephen Turner

  9. Kuhn and the History of Science
  10. K. Brad Wray

  11. The Naturalized Turn in Epistemology: Engineering for Truth-Seeking
  12. Chase Wrenn


    Part 2: The Epistemology of Testimony

  13. Counterexamples to Testimonial Transmission
  14. Peter J. Graham and Zachary Bachman

  15. Trust and Reputation as Filtering Mechanisms of Knowledge
  16. Gloria Origgi

  17. Socially Distributed Cognition and the Epistemology of Testimony
  18. Joseph Shieber

  19. Assurance views of testimony
  20. Philip J. Nickel

  21. Testimonial Knowledge: Understanding the Evidential, Uncovering the Interpersonal
  22. Melissa A. Koenig & Benjamin McMyler

  23. The Epistemology of Expertise
  24. Carlo Martini

  25. Moral Testimony
  26. Laura F. Callahan

  27. Testimony and Grammatical Evidentials
  28. Peter van Elswyk


    Part 3: Disagreement, Diversity and Relativism

  29. Epistemic Disagreement, Diversity and Relativism
  30. J. Adam Carter

  31. The Epistemic Significance of Diversity
  32. Kristina Rolin

  33. Epistemic Relativism
  34. Michael P. Lynch

  35. Epistemic Peer Disagreement
  36. Filippo Ferrari & Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen

  37. Religious Diversity and Disagreement
  38. Matthew Benton

  39. Epistemology without Borders: Epistemological Thought Experiments and Intuitions in Cross-Cultural Contexts
  40. Eric Kerr


    Part 4: Science and Social Epistemology

    Overview: on Science and Social Epistemology

    David Henderson

  41. The Sociology of Science and Social Constructivism
  42. Michael Lynch

  43. The Social Epistemology of Consensus and Dissent
  44. Boaz Miller

  45. Modeling epistemic communities
  46. Samuli Reijula and Jaakko Kuorikoski

  47. Feminist Philosophy of Science as Social Epistemology
  48. Sharon Crasnow

    Part 5: The Epistemology of Groups

  49. The Epistemology of Groups
  50. Deborah P. Tollefsen

  51. Group Belief and Knowledge
  52. Alexander Bird

  53. The Reflexive Social Epistemology of Human Rights
  54. Allen Buchanan



    Part 6: Feminist Epistemology

  55. Feminist Epistemology
  56. Heidi Grasswick

  57. Race and Gender and Epistemologies of Ignorance
  58. Linda M. Alcoff

  59. Implicit Bias and Prejudice
  60. Jules Holroyd & Kathy Puddifoot

  61. Epistemic Justice and Injustice
  62. Nancy Daukas

  63. Standpoint Then and Now
  64. Alessandra Tanesini

  65. Sympathetic Knowledge and the Scientific Attitude: Classic Pragmatist Resources for Feminist Social Epistemology
  66. Shannon Dea & Matthew Silk

    Part 7: The Epistemology of Democracy

  67. The Epistemology of Democracy: An Overview
  68. Robert B. Talisse

  69. Pragmatism and Epistemic Democracy
  70. Eva Erman & Niklas Möller

  71. Epistemic Proceduralism
  72. Michael Fuerstein

  73. Jury Theorems
  74. Franz Dietrich & Kai Spiekermann

  75. The epistemic role of science and expertise in liberal democracy
  76. Klemens Kappel & Julie Zahle

  77. The Epistemic Benefits of Democracy: A Critical Assessment
  78. Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij



    Part 8: Further Horizons for Social Epistemology

  79. Social Epistemology, Descriptive and Normative
  80. Sanford C. Goldberg

  81. Epistemic Norms as Social Norms
  82. David Henderson & Peter J. Graham

  83. Educating for Good Questioning as a Democratic Skill
  84. Lani Watson

  85. Intellectual Virtues, Critical Thinking, and the Aims of Education
  86. Jason Baehr

  87. Computational Models in Social Epistemology
  88. Igor Douven

  89. Epistemology and Climate Change

David Coady

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Miranda Fricker is presidential professor of philosophy at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research is primarily in ethics and social epistemology with a special interest in virtue and feminist perspectives. She is the author of Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (2007); co-author of Reading Ethics: Selected Texts with Interactive Commentary (2009); and co-editor of a number of edited collections, the most recent of which is The Epistemic Life of Groups: Essays in the Epistemology of Collectives (2016). She is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and a fellow of the British Academy.

Peter J. Graham is professor of philosophy and linguistics at the University of California, Riverside, where he also served as associate dean for arts and humanities. He specializes in epistemology and related areas in the philosophies of psychology, biology, and the social sciences. He is associate editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and the co-editor of Epistemic Entitlement (2019).

David Henderson is Robert R. Chambers distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He teaches and writes primarily in the fields of epistemology and the philosophy of the social sciences. He is the co-author, with Terry Horgan, of The Epistemological Spectrum: At the Interface of Cognitive Science and Conceptual Analysis (2011) and co-editor, with John Greco, of Epistemic Evaluation: Point and Purpose in Epistemology (2015).

Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen is associate professor of philosophy at Underwood International College, Yonsei University, and is the founding director of the Veritas Research Center, also at Yonsei University. He is co-editor of New Waves in Truth (2010), Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates (2013), Epistemic Pluralism (2017), and Epistemic Entitlement (2019).