Historical epistemology: zone of uncertainty and space for theoretical imagination

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Istoricheskaya epistemologiya: zona neopredelennosti i prostranstvo teoreticheskogo voobrazheniya
Stanislav Gavrilenko
Lomonosov Moscow State University
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No.2 (Vol.52)

This article attempts to define a historical epistemology not as separate place in disciplinary space, but as rather specific area, which unstable configuration and “stuff” are determined by quite different from philosophy ways of talking and investigation of knowledge, especially in social sciences. More significant than emergence of competitors of philosophy in production of knowledge about knowledge (sociology, history, anthropology) was that they introduce a new regime of this production. This regime became empirical. Within that regime knowledge is objectified not as homogeneous order of representation, but as fuzzy dynamic set of heterogeneous elements, relations between which are complex and historically variable. The claims of non-philosophical disciplines to investigate knowledge generate the field of uncertainties and problematisations. Just this field is referred to as “historical epistemology”. But this field is also space of conceptual imagination, where the new ways to investigate knowledge are worked on, when refusing to ascribe to it any ultimate (transcendent or transcendental) specification.

Historical Epistemology, uncertainty, history and philosophy of science, sociology, multiplicity, heterogeneity

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