The Epistemic Life of Groups: Essays in the Epistemology of Collectives

Hardcover | April 2, 2016

EditorMichael S. Brady, Miranda Fricker

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Social epistemology has been flourishing in recent years, expanding and making connections with political philosophy, virtue epistemology, philosophy of science, and feminist philosophy. The philosophy of the social world too is flourishing, with burgeoning work in the metaphysics of thesocial world, collective responsibility, group action, and group belief. The new philosophical vista now more clearly presenting itself is collective epistemology- - the epistemology of groups and institutions. Groups engage in epistemic activity all the time--whether it be the active collective inquiry of scientific research groups or crime detection units, or the evidential deliberations of tribunals and juries, or the informational efforts of the voting population in general--and yet in philosophy thereis still relatively little epistemology of groups to help explore these epistemic practices and their various dimensions of social and philosophical significance. The aim of this book is to address this lack, by presenting original essays in the field of collective epistemology, exploring theseregions of epistemic practice and their significance for Epistemology, Political Philosophy, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Science.

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Social epistemology has been flourishing in recent years, expanding and making connections with political philosophy, virtue epistemology, philosophy of science, and feminist philosophy. The philosophy of the social world too is flourishing, with burgeoning work in the metaphysics of thesocial world, collective responsibility, group ac...

Michael Brady is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. His research centres on the philosophy of emotion, and its links with moral philosophy and epistemology. In 2013 his book Emotional Insight was published by Oxford University Press. He is currently Co-Investigator on a major interdisciplinary project on the Value o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:April 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1: Epistemology1. Sanford Goldberg: Mutuality and Assertion2. Miranda Fricker: Fault and No-fault Responsibility for Implicit Prejudice--A Space for Epistemic Agent-regret3. Hans Bernhard Schmid: On Knowing What We're Doing Together: Groundless Group Self-Knowledge and Plural Self-Blindness2: Ethics4. Elizabeth Anderson: The Social Epistemology of Morality: Learning from the Forgotten History of the Abolition of Slavery5. Michael Brady: Group Emotion and Group Understanding6. Glen Pettigrove: Changing our Mind3: Political Philosophy7. Fabienne Peter: The Epistemic Circumstances of Democracy8. Stephanie Collins and Holly Lawford Smith: A Genealogy of States' Duties9. Kai Spiekerman: Self-interested Epistemic Bias and Institutional Obligations4: Philosophy of Science10. Margaret Gilbert and Jim Weatherall: Collective Belief and the String Theory Community11. Torsten Wilholt: Collaborative Research, Scientific Communities, and the Social Diffusion of Trustworthiness