Knowledge in a Social World

Paperback | January 1, 1999

byAlvin I. Goldman

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Knowledge in a Social World offers a philosophy for the information age. Alvin Goldman explores new frontiers by creating a thoroughgoing social epistemology, moving beyond the traditional focus on solitary knowers. Social, cultural, and technological changes present new challenges to our waysof knowing and understanding, and philosophy must face these challenges. Against the tides of postmodernism and social constructionism Goldman defends the integrity of truth and shows how to promote it by well-designed forms of social interaction. He urges that social discourse promises more thanthe mere politics of consensus, and that suitably norm-governed debate and belief-revision can increase veridical knowledge. Goldman's aims are not just philosophical but practical. From science to education, from law to democracy, he shows why and how public institutions should seek knowledge-enhancing practices. He examines how cyberspace and other technologies expand the scope of communication, and warns of the needto safeguard content quality. He scrutinizes the free marketplace of ideas, the adversary system in the law, and media coverage of political campaigns. The result is a bold, timely, and systematic treatment of the philosophical foundations of an information society.

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Knowledge in a Social World offers a philosophy for the information age. Alvin Goldman explores new frontiers by creating a thoroughgoing social epistemology, moving beyond the traditional focus on solitary knowers. Social, cultural, and technological changes present new challenges to our waysof knowing and understanding, and philosoph...

Alvin I. Goldman is one of the world's foremost epistemologists; he is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, and a Past President of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:422 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PART I: FOUNDATIONS; 1. Epistemology and postmodern resistance; 2. Truth; 3. The framework; PART II: GENERIC SOCIAL PRACTICES; 4. Testimony; 5. Argumentation; 6. The technology and economics of communication; 7. Speech regulation and the marketplace of ideas; PART III: SPECIAL DOMAINS; 8. Science;9. Law; 10. Democracy; 11. Education; Bibliography; Index.

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`Alvin Goldman, the premier epistemologist of the past two decades, has written a pioneering book that will define the field of social epistemology. Scholars will learn from his judicious and lucid proposals, and they will be wrestling for years with the exciting and important problems heraises.'Philip Kitcher, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York