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Overview

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.
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"Newness in philosophy is rare. But this important book offers a boldly original view of the nature of knowledge.... A daring new picture of knowledge is skillfully supported with an argumentative verve that its author, the new professor of logic at Oxford University, has made himself known for.... Throughout, Mr Williamson is bold, ingenious and original; the tradition he opposes appears by contrast stale, scholastic and uninspired.... Anyone with a serious interest in philosophy will have much to learn from this challenging book."--The Economist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199256563
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/19/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,100,920
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Williamson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

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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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