Arché

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Coordinates: 56°20′31″N 2°47′42″W / 56.342°N 2.795°W / 56.342; -2.795

Arché (official name: Arché - Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology) is a research centre at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. It was founded by Professor Crispin Wright.

For the calendar years 2003-2007 Arché was an AHRC Research Centre with special projects that have included the Logical and Metaphysical Foundations of Classical Mathematics (2000-2006), Vagueness: its Nature and Logic (2004-6); and the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Modality (2003-5). For the years 2008-12, the Centre will host a five-year tri-partite research programme entitled Context, Relativity and Knowledge, encompassing three interconnected broad investigations: Basic Knowledge will focus on deep-seated questions raised by those parts of our knowledge which apparently lack the support of articulable reasons; Contextualism and Relativism will be a systematic investigation into unobvious kinds of context-sensitivity and relativity; Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology, will involve a critical examination of the methodology of contemporary analytical philosophy — especially the so-called "method of cases" — in the light of debates in contemporary philosophy of language.

A list of members can be found on the Arché website.

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