Foundations Of Knowledge

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Contemporary epistemology has been moving away from classical foundationalism—the thesis that our empirical knowledge is grounded in perceptual beliefs we know with certainty. McGrew reexamines classical foundationalism and offers a compelling reconstruction and defense of empirical knowledge grounded in perceptual certainty. He articulates and defends a new version of foundationalism and demonstrates how it meets all the standard criticisms. The book offers substantial rebuttals of the arguments of Kuhn and ...

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Overview

Contemporary epistemology has been moving away from classical foundationalism—the thesis that our empirical knowledge is grounded in perceptual beliefs we know with certainty. McGrew reexamines classical foundationalism and offers a compelling reconstruction and defense of empirical knowledge grounded in perceptual certainty. He articulates and defends a new version of foundationalism and demonstrates how it meets all the standard criticisms. The book offers substantial rebuttals of the arguments of Kuhn and Rorty and demonstrates the value of the classical analytic approach to philosophy. 'Foundations' will interest philosophers of science, language, and the mind.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780822630432
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/14/1995
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 In Defense of Traditional Epistemology 1
2 Relativism and Epistemological Behaviorism 23
3 The Regress of Reasons and Classical Foundationalism 45
4 A Dilemma for Moderate Foundationalism 60
5 Epistemic Authority and Minimal Privileged Access 82
6 Incorrigible Foundations 103
7 The Ascent to Realism 116
Appendix I 141
Appendix II 144
Index 147
About the Author 151
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