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Single Idea 10323

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 8. Social Justification]

Full Idea

I propose 'communitarian epistemology' - claiming first that the term 'knowledge' marks a social status, and is dependent on the existence of communities, and second that this social status is typically granted to groups of people.

Gist of Idea

Communitarian Epistemology says 'knowledge' is a social status granted to groups of people


Martin Kusch (Knowledge by Agreement [2002], Intro)

Book Reference

Kusch,Martin: 'Knowledge by Agreement' [OUP 2004], p.1

A Reaction

I find this very congenial, though Kusch goes a little far when he claims that knowledge is largely created by social groups. He allows that Robinson Crusoe might have knowledge of his island, but can't give a decent account of it.