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Together with 46 Norms, Naturalism and Epistemology perhaps, at least in the latter cases, some less celebrated members of their research teams). At the same time, the norms we arrive at can (or should, ideally)23 function as a corrective and guide to subsequent scientists, and, insofar as the methodological theory is generally well-confirmed, they will be asked to resist a number of prima facie counterexamples. Clearly this method has much in common with MRE, the main difference appearing to lie in the database: in philosophy of science we use scientist’s judgements, with Goodman’s original MRE those of ordinary people.
My underlying conception of the relationship between common sense and science is that the latter builds on, refines, supplements and to an extent corrects the former, rather than completely overhauling it. ) This conception fits, as I see it, with the idea of the web of belief as an evolving, holistic network: common sense gives us only an unsystematic and underspecified realm of cognitive activity which what we call scientific thought offers our (surely) best development of; it is not a self-standing realm which science competes with.
The first of these is someone we have already said a good deal about: Quine. The other is Nelson Goodman, and in particular his work on the justification of rules of inference. 1 Quine, psychologism and anti-foundationalism We have already discussed the main thesis of Quine’s article ‘Epistemology naturalised’, but it will be instructive to review the arguments of it, and its relation to other aspects of Quine’s philosophy, in a little more detail as a point of entry to my presentation of NE. Much of the article is concerned with charting two distinct phases in the demise of what Quine calls ‘traditional epistemology’, corresponding relatively closely to our usage of that expression in Chapter 1.