Epistemology for the Rest of the World

ISBN : 9780190865085

Stephen Stich; Masaharu Mizumoto; Eric McCready
312 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 2018
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  • Devoted solely to the topic of cross-linguistic considerations in epistemology
  • Clearly indicates that there are unneglectable cross-linguistic differences in epistemic terms
  • Rather than Anglophone philosophers speaking in place of philosophers in the rest of the world, this volume lets them directly give their own voice.

Today the use of English is dominant, and even epistemologists in the rest of the world use English, using know. But why, and to what extent can this be justified? As the first volume ever to be dedicated solely to this topic, the papers collected here will contribute to this important topic and in epistemology in general.Since the heyday of ordinary language philosophy, Anglophone epistemologists have devoted a great deal of attention to the English word 'know' and to English sentences used to attribute knowledge. Even today, many epistemologists, including contextualists and subject-sensitive invariantists are concerned with the truth conditions of " is false, deviant, etc. in that situation. 
However, English is just one of over 6000 languages spoken around the world, and is the native language of less than 6% of the world's population. When Western epistemology first emerged, in ancient Greece, English did not even exist. So why should we think that facts about the English word " have important implications for epistemology? Are the properties of the English word The papers collected here discuss these questions and related issues, and aim to contribute to this important topic and epistemology in general.


Stephen Stich and Masaharu Mizumoto

1. Epistemology From a Sanskritic Point of View
Jonardon Ganeri 

2. Knowledge and Belief through the Mirror of Japanese
Takashi Iida

3. Multiple Chinese verbs equivalent to the English verb 'know'
Kiyohide Arakawa

4. The Contribution of Confucius to Virtue Epistemology
Shane Ryan and Chienkuo Mi

5. "Know" and Japanese Counterparts: "Shitte-iru" and "Wakatte-iru"
Masaharu Mizumoto

6. Gettier was framed
Edouard Machery, Stephen Stich, David Rose, Amita Chatterjee, Kaori Karasawa, Noel Struchiner, Smita Sirker, Naoki Usui, Takaaki Hashimoto

7. Justification and truth: Evidence from languages of the world
Lisa Matthewson and Jennifer Glougie

8. Knowledge, Certainty, and Skepticism: A Cross-Cultural Study
John Waterman, Chad Gonnerman, Karen Yan, and Joshua Alexander

9. I KNOW; a human universal
Anna Wierzbicka

10. Theory of Knowledge without (comparative) Linguistics
Allan Hazlett

11. On How to Defend or Disprove the Universality Thesis
Tsai Cheng-hung and Chinfa Lien

12. Primate Social Cognition and the Core Human Knowledge Concept
John Turri

About the author: 

Stephen Stich, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University
Masaharu Mizumoto, Associate Professor at the School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Eric McCready, Professor of English, Aoyama Gakuin University

Joshua Alexander
Kiyohide Arakawa 
Amita Chatterjee
Tsai Cheng-hung 
Jonardon Ganeri 
Jennifer Glougie
Chad Gonnerman
Takaaki Hashimoto
Allan Hazlett 
Takashi Iida
Kaori Karasawa
Chinfa Lien
Lisa Matthewson 
Edouard Machery 
Chienkuo Mi
Masaharu Mizumoto
David Rose
Shane Ryan 
Smita Sirker 
Stephen Stich 
Noel Struchiner
John Turri
Naoki Usui 
John Waterman 
Anna Wierzbicka
Karen Yan

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