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Individual vs Collective Knowledge

  • Sep 7, 2014 · 1:30 PM
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This month Katherine Baum will present and lead a discussion at the Laguna Woods Philosophy Club on Knowledge, both individual and collective.  

Come to the meeting and find out what happens to Knowledge when Descartes meets Goldman and Durkheim meets Gilbert.  

Katherine majored in Philosophy as an undergraduate at Mills College and in Sociology in graduate school at California State College in Northridge.  In the past 5 years she has audited graduate philosophy courses at UC Irvine and Claremont University.

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  • jane

    the concept of being "politically correct" could be seen as an example of collective knowledge

    1 · September 7, 2014

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    A former member

    I just joined and I have a question for future reference: can someone still attend an event past the RSVP deadline if there is a spot available? I don't want to break any rules of etiquette!

    September 7, 2014

  • Katherine B.

    Here is a link to Descartes' Meditation II. It makes good reading on the Labor Day Weekend.

    August 30, 2014

  • Katherine B.


    In his Meditation II Descartes explores his own mind and reason in his search for the truth. In terms of subjective or objective we might find differences of opinion which of these applies.
    Alvin Goldman has a much different take and one that is completely new to me, so I am open to what others have to say about it. See the first three paragraphs in Section 2, Classical Approach in this link:

    I believe Goldman''s use of “social” for epistemologists corresponds at least roughly to Margaret Gilbert’s “collective” but we may have more work to do here. Since Gilbert seems to be talking about collective cognitive states as well as individual cognitive states in her article “Collective Epistemology” we may or may not be able to judge whether objective or not. Durkheim is similar but completely different and unique in what he considers collective. If you don't find a reference for this let me know.

    August 26, 2014

  • gil l.

    By Individual/Collective do you mean something like Private/Public and/or Subjective/Objective, or at least a specific take on S/O?

    August 26, 2014

  • Katherine B.

    You are a member of this meet-up group. There is no cost to you or anybody. Just be sure you RSVP on this web site.

    August 25, 2014

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