Pragmatic Epistemology and the Community of Engaged Actors
Pragmatička epistemologija i zajednica angažovanih delatnika
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In this paper I will explore the relation between engagement and social science. I will try to argue that positivist epistemology found in the early days of social sciences still greatly influences our understanding of social engagement. In the first part of the paper, I will analyze the epistemology of social sciences advocated by Fourier and Saint-Simon and try to show that, for them, scientific method was primarily the means for taming social change, as well as projecting private desires and plans onto the public sphere. In the second part, I will offer an alternative account of social engagement using the epistemic role of the community found in pragmatism.
Keywords:pragmatism / social science / social engagement / epistemology
Source:Filozofija i društvo, 2016, 27, 2, 398-406
- Beograd : Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju