A CRITIQUE OF W.V.O. QUINEâ€™S NATURALIZED EPISTEMOLOGY
Keywords:Epistemology, Naturalized Epistemology, Quine, Traditional Epistemology
This paper is critical scrutiny of Quineâ€™s naturalized epistemology in order to determine whether it is a viable epistemological theory. They dissect Quineâ€™s naturalized epistemology with the philosophical tools of critical analysis and in the process discover that Quineâ€™s naturalized epistemology reduces epistemology to a purely descriptive science, a mere chapter of psychology. Owing to this reduction, the paper argues that Quineâ€™s naturalized epistemology purges epistemology of its distinctive feature as a normative science that is fundamentally concerned with the justification of human knowledge. And as a result of this, Quineâ€™s naturalized epistemology lacks an epistemological status. In addition to this, the paper maintains that Quineâ€™s attempt to reduce epistemology to psychology was not a successful project. This is evident in the fact that the major claim of Quine that â€œepistemology is a chapter in psychologicalâ€ is not a psychological construct but a philosophical construct that cannot be derived from through the use of the descriptive and experimental methods of the empirical sciences. Base on this, the paper concludes that Quineâ€™s naturalized epistemology cannot be a viable replacement of traditional epistemology.