It is also important to emphasize that fallibilism
does not entail relativism.
Given these problems with scepticism, epistemological arguments for paradigm pluralism are more plausibly based on fallibilism
36) The uniqueness of Popper's thought is not the fallibilism
here, rather it is the fact that we are capable of evolving such elaborate theoretical tools in the first place into which we can probe deeper and deeper into the phenomenal world.
Now, this fallibilism
is welcome since it isn't clear we could have much knowledge if infallibilism were to be adopted: conclusive grounds, where all possible epistemic challenges top are ruled out, aren't readily available for creatures like us.
is a critical doctrine adhered to by Morris, Charles Sanders Peirce, John Dewey, and other pragmatists (Morris, 1934; Morris, 1970a; Morris, 1970b).
, however, needs to be distinguished from an utterly cynical view about the possibility of knowledge that, as Susan Haack reminds us, dismisses a concern for truth as merely "a smokescreen disguising the operations of power, politics, and rhetoric" (Haack, 2008, p.
In this context the researchers who crafted this book provide alternatives to the arrogance of positivist reductionism with a radical humility, a fallibilism
, an awareness of the complexity of our task .
Susan Haack, Inquiry and Advocacy, Fallibilism
First, the commitment to experimentation and fallibilism
in the development of knowledge implies that the capacity for learning is crucial to the task of good government.
After a critique of Rorty, I briefly suggest that a more nuanced alternative, which I call fiduciary hermeneutic fallibilism
, might be drawn from an amalgam of the work of Hungarian scientist and philosopher Michael Polanyi with that of German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer.
Instead, science is based on the principle of fallibilism
that, accordingly, progresses by correcting itself.
And this very shortcoming of fully founded and founding presuppositions of knowledge is what explains today's philosophers righteous tendency to insist on fallibilism
, the variety of possible cognitive structures and the plurality of perspectives.