Social epistemology

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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
Publication date19 Nov 2019
ISBN (Electronic)9781405165518
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019


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


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