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Applied Epistemology


Coady, D, Applied Epistemology, A Companion to Applied Philosophy, John Wiley & Sons, K Lippert-Rasmussen, K Brownlee and D Coady (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 51-60. ISBN 9781118869130 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/9781118869109.ch4


The term "applied epistemology" will be unfamiliar to many readers. Those who have encountered it are likely to have seen it defined in a variety of confusing or contradictory ways. There is even disagreement about whether applied epistemology exists, or whether, on the other hand, it is something that it would be desirable to bring into existence at some point in the future, if only we could work out what kind of thing it would be.1 In what follows, I will try to shed some light on these issues. I will argue that applied epistemology does indeed exist; there really are people researching, writing, and teaching in a field that deserves to be called "applied epistemology," although few of them are calling it by that name. Those who doubt that the subject exists are mistaken. Nonetheless, their mistake is understandable. There is, as I hope to make clear, not nearly enough of it at the moment. I hope and believe that epistemology is at a crossroads, as ethics was at the beginning of the 1970s, on the verge of taking an "applied turn" which will transform the subject for the better.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Epistemology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Coady, D (Dr David Coady)
ID Code:112832
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-11-30
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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