I've been reading an anthology called Naturalizing Epistemology (1986) edited by Hilary Kornblith.
"Naturalizing" epistemology has been heavily identified with W.V.O.
Quine (author of the 2 first articles in Naturalizing Epistemology).
Others draw parallels between naturalized epistemology and the much
earlier philosophy of pragmatism, or John Dewey in particular, as in
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society Vol. 32, No. 4, Fall,
1996, "Dewey, Quine, and Pragmatic Naturalized Epistemology". Or see
Stich 1993 "Naturalizing Epistemology: Quine, Simon and the Prospects
for Pragmatism". The title alludes to Herb Simon, the Nobel Laureate (Economics), Turing Prize winner, cognitive psychologist, AI pioneer, etc.
Naturalized epistemology, like many other intellectual approaches has a strong and a weak program, or position. The strong
might be represented by Quine's "Why not settle for psychology".
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