Knowledge and Its Limits / Edition 1
  • Knowledge and Its Limits / Edition 1
  • Knowledge and Its Limits / Edition 1

Knowledge and Its Limits / Edition 1

by Timothy Williamson
     
 

Knowledge and its Limits presents a systematic new conception of knowledge as a fundamental kind of mental state sensitive to the knower's environment. It makes a major contribution to the debate between externalist and internalist philosophies of mind, and breaks radically with the epistemological tradition of analysing knowledge in terms of true belief. The theory… See more details below

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Knowledge and its Limits presents a systematic new conception of knowledge as a fundamental kind of mental state sensitive to the knower's environment. It makes a major contribution to the debate between externalist and internalist philosophies of mind, and breaks radically with the epistemological tradition of analysing knowledge in terms of true belief. The theory casts light on a wide variety of philosophical issues: the problem of scepticism, the nature of evidence, probability and assertion, the dispute between realism and anti-realism, and the paradox of the surprise examination. Williamson relates the new conception to structural limits on knowledge that imply that what can be known never exhausts what is true. The arguments are illustrated by rigorous models based on epistemic logic and probability theory. The result is a new way of doing epistemology for the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199256563
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/19/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
748,073
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A State of Mind
3. Primeness
4. Anti-Luminosity
5. Margins and Iterations
6. An Application
7. Sensitivity
8. Scepticism
9. Evidence
10. Evidential Probability
11. Assertion
12. Structural
Unknowability
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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