• Claudia W. Ruitenberg
  • D. C. Phillips
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 2)


The book’s co-editors explain that the purpose of the book is to participate intelligently in an open debate on the question of epistemological diversity in educational research. The book does not settle the debate but explains how parties on opposite sides may have been talking at cross purposes. Some of the puzzling aspects of claims about epistemological diversity are introduced, such as the relativism that seems to be assumed in some claims about culturally specific epistemologies. The authors point out that both the ways truth claims are justified, and the topics that are selected for investigation are relevant social-epistemological considerations, but neither one should eclipse the other. Finally, they raise the question of whether epistemological-sounding discourse is being used to discuss matters other than epistemology.


Football Club Epistemic Agent Educational Literature Professional Philosophy African Philosophy 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Alcoff, L., & Potter, E. (Eds.). (1993). Feminist epistemologies. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  2. Hesse, M. (1994). How to be postmodern without being a feminist. The Monist, 77(4), 445–461.Google Scholar
  3. Kuhn, T. S. (1970). The structure of scientific revolutions (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  4. Longino, H. E. (1993). Subjects, power, and knowledge: Description and prescription in feminist philosophies of science. In L. Alcoff & E. Potter (Eds.), Feminist epistemologies (pp. 101–120). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  5. Oruka, H. O. (2002). Four trends in current African philosophy. In P. H. Coetzee & A. P. Roux (Eds.), Philosophy from Africa: A text with readings (2nd ed., pp. 120–124). Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa (Original work published 1978).Google Scholar
  6. Ramose, M. (2002). The philosophy of ubuntu and ubuntu as philosophy. In P. H. Coetzee & A. P. Roux (Eds.), Philosophy from Africa: A text with readings (2nd ed., pp. 230–237). Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa.Google Scholar
  7. Sills, D., & Merton, R. (Eds.). (2000). Social science quotations: Who said what, when, and where. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.Google Scholar
  8. Wittgenstein, L. (1968). Philosophical investigations (G. E. M. Anscombe, Trans.). New York: Macmillan. (Original work published 1953).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.School of EducationStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Personalised recommendations