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Objective Knowledge and the not Dispensability of Epistemic Subjects . Some remarks on Popper's notion of objective knowledge

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While discussing his notion of objective knowledge Popper introduces the idea of dispensability of knowing subjects, the autonomy of knowledge and the argumentative function of language. The main claim of our paper is that, on our view, objective knowledge produced by argumentative interaction is not achieved by dispensing knowing subjects but by differentiating between the play and the strategic levels of argumentation, where a distinction should be drawn between a particular concrete knowing subject engaged in that interaction, say Karl, and an arbitrary one. Moreover, the theory of meaning deployed at the level of plays, the so-called local meaning, provides already some kind of objective knowledge, since it is player-independent and it does not reduce to the purely logical one of the strategy level. In fact, despite our criticism we think that Popper's discussion of the notion objective knowledge still deserves to be reflected on, particularly so in view of new results concerning the formalization of Brouwer’s Creating Subject and the dialogical interpretation of the notion of epistemic assumption.
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halshs-01249709 , version 1 (02-01-2016)
halshs-01249709 , version 2 (14-01-2016)

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Shahid Rahman, Juan Redmond, Nicolas Clerbout. Objective Knowledge and the not Dispensability of Epistemic Subjects . Some remarks on Popper's notion of objective knowledge . 2016. ⟨halshs-01249709v2⟩
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