Social Epistemology

Social epistemology is a broad set of approaches to the study of knowledge, all of which construe human knowledge as a collective achievement. Another way of positioning social epistemology is as the study of the social dimensions of knowledge. One of the enduring difficulties with defining social epistemology is defining what knowledge means in this context. There is also a challenge in arriving at a definition of social which satisfies academics from different disciplines. Social epistemologists may be found working in many of the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, most commonly in philosophy and sociology. In addition to marking a distinct movement in traditional, analytic epistemology, social epistemology is associated with the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS).

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Steve Fuller (sociologist) - Academic and Public Work
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... Social epistemology, “the production, distribution, and utilization of intellectual products” (Egan and Shera 1952), correlates the production and consumption of information ... Shera later wrote that social epistemology “is the study of knowledge in society,” distinct from previous investigations of individual knowledge ... Bibliography” Establishing “informed social action” as the goal of library service ...
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... This book is generally accepted as a classic discussion of the social factors contributing to the emergence of tax-supported public libraries ... In the 1960s Shera designed a proposal for his project of “Social Epistemology” Shera obtained this idea from Douglas Waples of the Graduate Library School of the ... Waples dealt with social effects of reading, and asked the basic questions of the new discipline that Shera named social epistemology ...

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