Social Epistemology

[Revised entry by Alvin Goldman and Thomas Blanchard on April 28, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Until recently, epistemology - the study of knowledge and justified belief -
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[Revised entry by Alvin Goldman and Thomas Blanchard on April 28, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Until recently, epistemology - the study of knowledge and justified belief - was heavily individualistic in focus. The emphasis was on evaluating doxastic attitudes (beliefs and disbeliefs) of individuals in abstraction from their social environment. The result is a distorted picture of the human epistemic situation, which is largely shaped by social relationships and institutions. Social epistemology seeks to redress this imbalance by investigating the epistemic effects of social interactions and social systems. After reviewing the history of the field in section 1, we provide a...

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