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dc.contributor.authorMorgan, M
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-18T14:19:42Z
dc.date.available2016-02-18T14:19:42Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationM. Morgan. Social Epistemology (2016). DOI:10.1080/02691728.2015.1119911
dc.identifier.issn0269-1728
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/253843
dc.description.abstractThis paper elaborates on the value of a humanistic approach to the production and judgement of sociological knowledge by defending this approach against some common criticisms. It argues that humanising sociological knowledge not only lends an appropriate epistemological humility to the discipline, but also encourages productive knowledge development by suggesting that a certain irreverence to what is considered known is far more important for generating useful new perspectives on social phenomena than defensive vindications of existing knowledge. It also suggests that the threat of what is called “relativism” evoked by critics of humanised conceptions of knowledge is largely illusory, and that in fact a far graver danger comes from dogmatic assertions of social truth that claim to have somehow secured access to non-contingent arenas of knowing, forestalling ongoing conversation, and tying future discovery to the limits of current perspectives.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/ I902503/1]
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherInforma UK Limited
dc.subjecthumanism
dc.subjectphilosophy of the social sciences
dc.subjectpragmatism
dc.subjectDurkheim
dc.subjectBernard Williams
dc.subjectRorty
dc.subjectWittgenstein
dc.titleHumanising Sociological Knowledge
dc.typeArticle
dc.provenanceOA-7106
dc.description.versionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Taylor & Francis via http://doi.org/10.1080/02691728.2015.1119911
prism.endingPage571
prism.publicationDate2016
prism.publicationNameSocial Epistemology
prism.startingPage555
prism.volume30
dc.rioxxterms.funderESRC
dc.rioxxterms.projectidES/I902503/1
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1080/02691728.2015.1119911
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-02-18
dc.contributor.orcidMorgan, M [0000-0001-5378-9293]
dc.identifier.eissn1464-5297
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2016-02-18
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-08-04


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