Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

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This book brings together a selection of Colin McGinn's philosophical essays from the 1970s to the 1990s, whose unifying theme is the relation between the mind and the world. The essays range over a set of prominent topics in contemporary philosophy, including the analysis of knowledge, the a priori, necessity, possible worlds, realism, mental representation, appearance and reality, and color.

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Overview

This book brings together a selection of Colin McGinn's philosophical essays from the 1970s to the 1990s, whose unifying theme is the relation between the mind and the world. The essays range over a set of prominent topics in contemporary philosophy, including the analysis of knowledge, the a priori, necessity, possible worlds, realism, mental representation, appearance and reality, and color.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198238232
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/1999
  • Pages: 344
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin McGinn is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He was previously Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and before that Reader in Philosophy at University College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; PART I: KNOWLEDGE AND NECESSITY; 1. The Concept of Knowledge; 2. A Priori and A Posteriori Knowledge; 3. A Note on the Essence of Natural Kinds; 4. On the Necessity of Origin; 5. Modal Reality; PART II: THOUGHT AND WORLD; 6. The Structure of Content; 7. Conceptual Causation: Some Elementary Reflections; 8. Charity, Interpretation, and Belief; 9. Radical Interpretation and Epistemology; 10. The Mechanism of Reference; PART III: REALITY AND APPEARANCE; 11. Truth and Use; 12. An A Priori Argument for Realism; 13. Two Notions of Realism? 14. Realist Semantics and Content-Ascription; 15. Another Look at Colour; 16. The Appearance of Colour; Index.

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