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Epistemic Justification
     

Epistemic Justification

by Richard Swinburne
 

ISBN-10: 0199243786

ISBN-13: 9780199243785

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Richard Swinburne offers an original treatment of a question at the heart of epistemology: what makes a belief rational, or justified in holding? He maps the rival accounts of philosophers on epistemic justification ("internalist" and "externalist"), arguing that they are really accounts of different concepts. He distinguishes between

Overview

Richard Swinburne offers an original treatment of a question at the heart of epistemology: what makes a belief rational, or justified in holding? He maps the rival accounts of philosophers on epistemic justification ("internalist" and "externalist"), arguing that they are really accounts of different concepts. He distinguishes between synchronic justification (justification at a time) and diachronic justification (synchronic justification resulting from adequate investigation)—both internalist and externalist. He also argues that most kinds of justification are worth having because they are indicative of truth; however, it is only justification of internalist kinds that can guide a believer's actions. Swinburne goes on to show the usefulness of the probability calculus in elucidating how empirical evidence makes beliefs probably true.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199243785
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Theory of Synchronic Justification
2. Belief
3. Probability
4. The Criteria of Logical Probability
5. Basicality
6. The Value of Synchronic Justification
7. The Value of Diachronic Justification
8. Knowledge
Appendix: Predictivism, Additional Notes, Index

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