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10/12/06 12:07 PM
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Edited: 12-Oct-06
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Here is the first article in the Forum Reading Room series ;) "Epistemology Naturalized" was originally published in W.V. Quine, Ontological Relativity and Other Essays (New York: Columbia University Press, 1969), 69-90. It is also available in numerous other anthologies so it should be quite easy to find. Here are some words to get things going: In Epistemology Naturalized, Quine argues for a new approach to epistemology. According to Quine, traditional epistemolgy has crucially failed on what he calls its doctrinal and conceptual sides. As such Quine calls for the abandonment of 'first philosophy' and rejects the a priori; he advances a kind of fallibilism rooted in holism; and advocates a turn to psychology. Quine's approach is not without its critics. Some have argued that Quine is no longer doing epistemology. Others, criticize Quine for giving up the normativity of epistemology. What say you?

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