Theories Of Knowledge And Social Location Essay

1396 Words Nov 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Propositional epistemology is field of study in philosophy that deals with theories of knowledge. Traditionally, epistemology consisted of the idea that if one was to have knowledge, one must have a justified true belief. This was held to be the case until Edmund Gettier wrote a paper titled “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?” challenging the traditional account of knowledge. This was one of the first times that epistemic norms had been challenged. A more recent criticism of propositional epistemology is the feminist critique of the field. Propositional epistemology is the idea that a subject knows a proposition, simplified in atomic language as “S knows P”, where S, stands in for any possible knower and P stands in for any possible predicate. Many epistemologist never truly thought of the importance of who the knower is and assumed that the knower was a neutral person. Not many implications came from this thought until feminist epistemologists such as Helen Longino who claimed that epistemic violence exists. Passages of Longino’s essay “Knowledge and Social Location” which explore themes and causes of epistemic violence are found in Rockney Jacobsen’s textbook “An Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality”. Through exposing the gender biases in assumption of the knower as well as any gender stereotypes that exist in epistemology, feminist epistemologists have made effective claims that create problems for traditional propositional epistemology. More specifically,…

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