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dc.contributor.authorUpton, John Christopheren_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T16:02:37Z
dc.date.available2011-08-06T16:02:37Z
dc.date.issued2004-05-21en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-06172004-161829en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/10017
dc.description.abstractA distinctive feature that separates pragmatism from traditional epistemological positions is its turns to a community of inquirers. The community, as understood by pragmatists, is not merely a collection of individuals, though this is certainly part of the story. Rather, 'community' refers to a much more refined philosophical notion. The community is a framework of rules and standards for proper inference, judgments, and conduct that are determined by inquirers who share membership in a group. In turning to the community, pragmatists reject the methodological individualism of epistemological models produced under the influence of Descartes, and maintain that knowledge can only be secured in an intersubjective context within which substantive discussion and criticism are promoted and conducted. Pragmatists such as Charles S. Peirce, John Dewey, and Wilfrid Sellars and contemporary descendents of pragmatism like Wilfrid Sellars embraced the notion of community and developed the crucial role it plays in evaluating knowledge claims. The aim of this thesis is two-fold. I examine critically the role the community plays in pragmatic epistemology by looking closely at the philosophies of Charles S. Peirce and Wilfrid Sellars. Additionally, I examine whether the turn to community enables pragmatists to respond to philosophical problems that have been hitherto unanswerable by models of knowledge that restrict their focus to the individual. Specifically, I look closely at the problem of solipsism and examine whether pragmatists have the resources for responding to this problem successfully. It is my hope that by undertaking this project we will obtain a clearer picture of pragmatic epistemology and some of the strengths in following pragmatists in making the turn to community.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartJ.ChristopherUpton-ThesisPart1.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartJ.ChristopherUpton-ThesisPart2.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectPeirceen_US
dc.subjectPragmatismen_US
dc.subjectSellarsen_US
dc.subjectEpistemologyen_US
dc.subjectSolipsismen_US
dc.subjectCommunityen_US
dc.titlePragmatic Epistemology, Community, and the Problem of Solipsismen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen_US
dc.description.degreeMAen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairPitt, Joseph C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMayorga, Rosaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBurian, Richard M.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06172004-161829en_US
dc.date.sdate2004-06-17en_US
dc.date.rdate2004-07-27
dc.date.adate2004-07-27en_US


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