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Epistemology naturalized: The info-computationalist approach

By Gordana Dodig-crnkovic

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knowledge may be studied as a natural phenomenon-- that the subject matter of epistemology is not our concept of knowledge, but the knowledge itself. In his "Epistemology Naturalized", Quine claims the following: The stimulation of his sensory receptors is all the evidence anybody has had to go on, ultimately, in arriving at his picture of the world. Why not just see how this construction really proceeds? Why not settle for psychology? (Quine 1969) This essay will re-phrase the question to be: Why not settle for computing? The main reason is that info-computationalism provides a unifying framework which makes it possible for different research fields such as philosophy, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology, and number of others to communicate. We will give an account of the naturalized epistemology based on the computational character of cognition and agency-- which includes evolutionary approaches to cognition (Lorenz 1977, Popper 1978, Toulmin 1972 and Campbell et al. 1989, Harms 2004). In this framework knowledge is seen as a result of the structuring o

Year: 2007
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