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The return of applied epistemology

Chase, J ORCID: 0000-0001-6033-7885 and Coady, D ORCID: 0000-0001-7564-1687 2019 , 'The return of applied epistemology', in D Coady and J Chase (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology , Routledge, New York, pp. 3-12.

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The term ‘applied epistemology’ has been in irregular use for some time. It has occasionallybeen associated with pre- existing disciplines or practices: critical thinking, or the informationsciences, or casuistry. But most often it simply invokes an analogy, direct or implicit, withapplied ethics – for instance, when looking for a label for the activities standing to traditionalepistemology and meta- epistemology as applied ethics stands to normative ethics and metaethics (Battersby 1989). And since applied ethics has been a well- known going concern fordecades, the analogy does work by feeding our imagination: it highlights the many ways inwhich we might regard philosophical work as constituting applied epistemology. But the factthat applied ethics was also consciously launched by way of critique of normative ethics andmeta- ethics is also useful; here the analogy flags potential concerns with the way the analyticepistemological tradition has developed.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Chase, J and Coady, D
Keywords: epistemology, knowledge, rationality
Publisher: Routledge
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