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Knowledge: Instrumental and Testimonial

Ernest Sosa

in The Epistemology of Testimony

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199276011
eISBN:
9780191706110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276011.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

How do we derive knowledge from reading our instruments or listening to our interlocutors? This chapter proposes an answer in line with a virtue-theoretic, performance-based epistemology.


For Humanist Sociology

Andrew Abbott

in Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251373
eISBN:
9780520940758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter argues that instrumental and reflexive knowledge should be deployed together. It holds that the exclusion of reflexivity from any sociology would constitute a disastrous error. Sociology ... More


The Sociologist and the Public Sphere

Immanuel Wallerstein

in Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251373
eISBN:
9780520940758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter acknowledges the tension between instrumental and reflexive knowledge, between the knowledge of professional sociology and the knowledge of the organic public intellectual. It sees the ... More


First Crossroad: Knowledge

Tzachi Zamir

in Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190695088
eISBN:
9780190695118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190695088.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter articulates the different ways by which philosophy and religion approach knowledge. The philosopher seems to ascribe intrinsic value to knowledge. The religious poet, by contrast, ... More


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