Tag Archive | Linda Zagzebski

Deontology in epistemology: some confusions

Linda Zagzebski1 maintains that theories in epistemology have parallels in ethics. She holds that theories in normative epistemology are either deontological or reliabilsts. She also holds that deontological theories in epistemology are analogous with deontological theories in ethics and relaibislist theories in epistemology are analogous with consequentialist theories in ethics. Zagzebski thinks that Sosa’s theory […]

Testimony and the threat of reductionism: Role of trust

   In this post,I attempt to argue that Linda Zagzebski’s analysis of ‘epistemic egoism’ (Zagzebski, Linda. 2007), can be helpful to resolve challenges raised by reductionism concerning testimony. However the challenge raised by what might be called reductionism concerning the source of knowledge does not seem to benefit from Zagzebski’s account.   Testimony is an important […]

Epistemology and Virtue Ethics

The aim of this post is to present Linda Zagzebski’s introductory remarks In an intriguing work namely Virtues of the mind: an inquiry into the nature of virtue and the ethical foundations of knowledge (1998, Cambridge University press). In the first few pages she highlights the significance of an epistemological theory which is modeled on […]

Understanding and propositional knowledge

     Linda Zagzebski (Zagzebski, Linda 2001) argues that understanding is not a necessary condition for propositional knowledge. I attempt to examine this claim and disagree with Zagzebski’s argument. Understanding      According to Zagzebski, understanding is a state of comprehension of non-propositional structures of reality. According to her, understanding involves ‘seeing’ how the parts of a […]

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