Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
for Monday, July 26.
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the June issue of "Episteme": A new journal of
"Episteme" is a new journal of social epistemology, which
focuses on the social dimensions of knowledge, says Anthony
Quinton, a former president of the University of Oxford's
Trinity College and a fellow of its New College and All Souls
"Social epistemology arose from the recognition that nearly all
that we believe or claim to know is secondhand and derived from
the speech or writing of others," he writes.
Two styles of social epistemology, the analytical and critical
approaches, are represented in "Episteme."
Analytical social epistemology grapples with questions like how
facts presented by other people can ever be satisfactorily
verified, while critical social epistemology examines fields
like science and history as social constructions, in other
words, as things that are "brought into existence by human
social activity, like government and the family and unlike
mountains and icebergs," Mr. Quinton says.
"'Episteme' is not the first journal to take social epistemology
as its theme," he writes, "but it is the first, I think, to try
to bring the two kinds of epistemology I have distinguished
The journal will be published three times a year, by Edinburgh
University Press. Information about the journal is available at
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