Social epistemology

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Social epistemology is a branch of philosophy concerned with the study of social practices and social factors. Social epistemologists seek to examine social practices and social factors from an epistemic point of view, as aids or impediments to the pursuit of knowledge. This entry traces the origins of social epistemology to Kuhn and feminist epistemology and describes four types of projects conducted by social epistemologists. It argues that sociological studies of science are an important but still largely neglected resource for those working in social epistemology. But, unlike sociologists, it is argued that social epistemologists are concerned with normative issues. Social epistemologists seek to evaluate norms and practices from an epistemic point of view.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
Place of publicationSouth Gate
PublisherWiley
Publication year19 Nov 2019
Edition2.
ISBN (Electronic)9781405165518
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

2. ed.
Online ed.

    Research areas

  • social epistemology, sociology of science, philosophy of science, feminist epistemologies, game theory, Science policy, collaboration, trust

See relations at Aarhus University Citationformats

ID: 155496927