Anthropocentrism in Philosophy: Realism, Antirealism, by Panayot Butchvarov

By Panayot Butchvarov

Anthropocentrism in philosophy is deeply paradoxical. Ethics investigates the human strong, epistemology investigates human wisdom, and antirealist metaphysics holds that the realm is determined by our cognitive capacities. yet people stable and data, together with their language and ideas, are empirical concerns, while philosophers don't interact in empirical learn. And people are population, no longer 'makers', of the realm. however, all 3 (ethics, epistemology, and antirealist metaphysics) might be enormously reinterpreted as making no connection with humans."

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This is why metaphysical antirealism can allow for a sharp distinction between objective truth and personal opinion or fancy. We know that there are fairly advanced nonhuman cognizers, e. , whales and chimpanzees. There may be also extraterrestrial cognizers far more advanced than humans. The world cognized by whales is relative to cetacean cognition. The world cognized by chimpanzees is relative to simian cognition. The world cognized by extraterrestrials would be relative to their cognition, The antirealist holds that the world cognized by humans is relative to human cognition.

The world cognized by chimpanzees is relative to simian cognition. The world cognized by extraterrestrials would be relative to their cognition, The antirealist holds that the world cognized by humans is relative to human cognition. That relativity is biologically inescapable. By contrast, relativity to era, culture, race, gender, ethnic origin, or personal belief is not. We cannot literally transport ourselves to an era in the past, but we can and often do transcend the present by, for example, viewing what past architects designed and past builders built, reading what past authors wrote, and today even hearing recordings of what past singers sang.

It may seem obvious that epistemology should be naturalistic. Its name is a synonym of “theory of knowledge,” the knowledge in question surely is that of humans, and humans are parts of nature, of its fauna. Epistemology naturalized is thus epistemology humanized: it is about humans. Not only does it ignore gods, angels, and extraterrestrials, it ignores also chimpanzees, whales, and bats. But thereby it also lacks the supreme generality and abstraction distinctive of philosophy. Humans already belong in the subject matter of several special sciences that seek detailed information about them, including their perception, conceptualization, and reasoning.

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