Polski Zjazd Filozoficzny

wrzesień, 2019

2019wt10wrz11:4512:15Temporalizing and de-temporalizing theories of knowledgeFriedrich von Petersdorff 11:45 - 12:15 CTW-102 (Centrum Transferu Wiedzy) organizator: Sekcja Gości Zagranicznych/Foreign Guest Section


Having analysed in a previous paper (2015, unpublished) how Ludwik Fleck’s stance against absolute truths appears to be similar to the position held by Karl Popper in his analysis of scientific discovery and progress I argued that the writings of both Fleck and Popper can be described as an analysis how knowledge is possible without relying upon absolute certainty. However, despite this similarity, it should be kept in mind that the respective argumentations of both philosophers are structured in a distinct manner. I, therefore, argued in 2015 that a common ground enabling a comparison of both concepts could be gained by focussing upon the respective temporal structures of the arguments Fleck and Popper rely upon. Extending my analysis (as previously presented in 2015) I would now add two additional steps of analysis. In a first step I would extend the temporal approach by not merely focussing on the theories of knowledge as developed by Fleck and Popper but by including as well other epistemological approaches, such as for example Thomas Kuhn’s. Having gained a common ground for comparison within a temporal framework I would then, in a second step, attempt to reassess the respective theories of knowledge of the individual philosophers by undertaking steps of abstracting from the temporal framework (thereby, however, keeping the results of the achieved comparison in mind). I argue that the temporal framework used to enable a comparison of the respective epistemological theories (having achieved their task) ought to be set aside, namely in order to further develop epistemological insights without being somehow restricted by concepts which rely upon time-related frameworks, as I argue that the different theories of knowledge have their respective distinct epistemological benefits which should and can be related to one another in a fruitful manner for further epistemological advances.

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Sekcja Gości Zagranicznych/Foreign Guest SectionPrzewodnicząca Sekcji: dr hab. Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik, prof. KUL
Sekretarz Sekcji: mgr Marcin Grabowski (KUL)

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