Epistemological Metaphors and the Nature of Philosophy
Version of Record online: 9 JUL 2004
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 504–516, July 2004
How to Cite
Thagard, P. and Beam, C. (2004), Epistemological Metaphors and the Nature of Philosophy. Metaphilosophy, 35: 504–516. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2004.00333.x
- Issue online: 9 JUL 2004
- Version of Record online: 9 JUL 2004
Abstract: This article examines some of the most important metaphors and analogies that epistemologists have used to discuss the structure and validity of knowledge. After reviewing foundational, coherentist, and other metaphors for knowledge, we discuss the metaphilosophical significance of the prevalence of such metaphors. We argue that they support a view of philosophy as akin to science rather than poetry or rhetoric.