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foundationalism

Definitions

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  • n. The doctrine that beliefs derive justification from certain basic beliefs

Etymologies

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foundational +‎ -ism

Examples

  • Anti-foundationalism is a critique of reason, not observation.

    Matthew Yglesias » Richard Rorty

  • Anti-foundationalism is a threat to neo-Platonic or Thomist theorizing than the Exodus or Easter narrative.

    Matthew Yglesias » Linker Replies Again

  • One very obvious way in which it had evolved beyond Dennett's original meaning was in the inclusion of "foundationalism," a term which he had never used but which we knew from previous discussions.

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  • The problem seems to be that the popular view of "foundationalism" is religious foundationalism - beliefs grounded on a central religious idea.

    Serendip's Exchange -

  • "fruits" of such activity are demonstrably false theories such as foundationalism, as well as endless and arcane debates in the attempt to tackle questions to which there no answers.

    Epistemology

  • I did not equate anti-foundationalism and postmodernism with each other.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Is Truth?

  • You equate it with “anti-foundationalism” but this is a position that has been adopted by many critics of post-modernism.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Is Truth?

  • You tell me what “anti-foundationalism” is, and how it is different from people like Quine who also rejected epistemic foundationlism but have no truck with postmodernism, and then maybe we can have a discussion.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Is Truth?

  • Q: I wonder again about when Cornel West “talks Christian”: when you mobilize that kind of language for political purposes, are you maintaining a kind of anti-foundationalist position while encouraging a foundationalism in others.

    Matthew Yglesias » Linker Replies Again

  • Rorty was a proselytizer for anti-foundationalism, claiming (in any number of places) that metaphysics in morals or religion is, as such, a danger to liberal democratic politics.

    Matthew Yglesias » Linker Replies

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