Abstract of the project:
The present project aims to provide a naturalistic account of epistemic norms, and of the associated norm awareness in human children and adults from different cultures. Epistemic norms (ENs) such as intelligibility, relevance, truth, coherence and consensus are dimensions on which mental contents can be evaluated for their contribution to knowledge acquisition. Although EN sensitivity is central in education, little is known about 1) how to systematically analyse and inventory ENs, nor about 2) how and to what extent, children and adults from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds recognize them in making epistemic decisions. Specialists in philosophy of mind, developmental, and adult cognitive science, along with field anthropology, will apply their methods to address these questions in an interdisciplinary, naturalistic spirit.
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