Grapples and Smart Epistemology (one more reason I love my husband)

December 8, 2006

A friend of mine invited me to lecture in his class this week and the text for the class has been “Mapping Postmodernism” by Robert Greer. One hole in the book comes in the chapter on “Foundational Realism” where Greer incorrectly paints all foundationalists as Cartesian and picks Francis Schaeffer as their representative. He then proceeds to blast the straw man. So I chose to speak on relativism in general and then more specifically address the current state of epistemology and bring Tim McGrew (strong foundationalism) and Robert Audi (modest foundationalism) in to the discussion. Wow – this was a big task and a blast. I am incredibly indebted to Becky’s wisdom and advice and her previous ponderings (not sure that’s a word) that integrate epistemology into spiritual formation. Posts and fascinating discussion can be found here, here, here and here. So I had my work cut out for me (boy do I have renewed appreciation for profs of all stripes). Audi is hard to read, but builds a strong argument. McGrew was clear and fun to read (still craving an In-n-Out burger). Fortunately, for those not inclined to shell out $50 for Pojman’s anthology, McGrew’s cogent defense of foundationalism can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »