Building on Nietzsche's Prelude: Reforming Epistemology for the Philosophy of the Future
MA Thesis, Philosophy, University of Arizona
72 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2017
Date Written: March 20, 2014
Drawing from the "anti-philosophies" of Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, and deploying a methodology which synthesizes critical theory with evolutionary psychology and contemporary cognitive science, our analysis demonstrates: 1. Justifications, in any context, are oriented towards social manipulation and bear no relation to any "cognitive processes." 2. The role of logic is overstated, both with regards to our justifications, and also our cognition. 3. Truth and falsity are socio-linguistic functions which have no bearing on any "objective reality."
Insofar as these claims are correct, the methods and aims (both normative and descriptive) of "classical epistemology" are invalidated. We offer up a proposal as to what a more useful/meaningful epistemology might look like, exploring how such a reformulation might affect conceptions of "knowledge" and "rationality."
Keywords: sociology of knowledge, social epistemology, applied epistemology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, cognitive sociology
JEL Classification: Y4, B52, C70
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