Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism / Edition 1

Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism / Edition 1

by Paul Boghossian
     
 

The idea that science is just one more way of knowing the world and that there are other, radically different, yet equally valid ways, has taken deep root in academia. In Fear of Knowledge, Paul Boghossian tears these relativist theories of knowledge to shreds. He argues forcefully for the intuitive, common-sense view—that the world exists independent of human

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Overview

The idea that science is just one more way of knowing the world and that there are other, radically different, yet equally valid ways, has taken deep root in academia. In Fear of Knowledge, Paul Boghossian tears these relativist theories of knowledge to shreds. He argues forcefully for the intuitive, common-sense view—that the world exists independent of human opinion and that there is a way to arrive at beliefs about the world that are objectively reasonable to anyone capable of appreciating the relevant evidence, regardless of their social or cultural perspective. This short, lucid, witty book shows that philosophy provides rock-solid support for common sense against the relativists; it is provocative reading throughout the discipline and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199230419
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/07/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
356,968
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Social Construction of Knowledge
3. Constructing the Facts
4. Relativizing the Facts
5. Epistemic Relativism Defended
6. Epistemic Relativism Rejected
7. The Paradox Resolved
8. Epistemic Reasons and the Explanation of Belief
Epilogue

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