Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory / Edition 1

Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory / Edition 1

by Linda Martin Alcoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 080143047X

ISBN-13: 9780801430473

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"Real" knowing always involves a political dimension, Linda Martín Alcoff suggests. But this does not mean we need to give up realism or the possibility of truth. Recent work in continental philosophy insists on the influence that power and desire exert on knowing, whereas contemporary analytic philosophy largely ignores these political concerns in its accounts…  See more details below

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"Real" knowing always involves a political dimension, Linda Martín Alcoff suggests. But this does not mean we need to give up realism or the possibility of truth. Recent work in continental philosophy insists on the influence that power and desire exert on knowing, whereas contemporary analytic philosophy largely ignores these political concerns in its accounts of justification and truth. Alcoff engages these traditionally conflicting approaches in a constructive dialogue, effectively spanning the analytic/continental divide.In provocative readings of major figures in the continental tradition, Alcoff shows that the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Michel Foucault can help rectify key problems in coherence epistemology, such as the link between coherence and truth. She also argues that discussions about knowledge among continental philosophers can benefit from the work of analytic philosophers Donald Davidson and Hilary Putnam on meaning and ontology. Alcoff makes a compelling case for the need to address truth as a metaphysical issue, in contrast to minimalist tendencies in Anglo-American philosophy and deconstructionism on the continent. Her work persuasively argues for coherentist epistemology as a more realistic reconfiguration of the ontology of truth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801430473
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Coherence? Why Epistemology?1
Ch. 1"Allowing what is to be ...": Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics18
Ch. 2"The relationship is primary ...": Hermeneutics as Epistemology44
Ch. 3"No man is the lord of anything ...": Davidson's Charitable Truth81
Ch. 4"The 'games of truth' ...": Foucault's Knowledge115
Ch. 5"A new politics of truth ...": Power/Knowledge as Strategic Epistemology142
Ch. 6"A Human kind of realism ...": Putnam's Immanent Ontology161
Ch. 7Coherence in Context201
Index237

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