The Structure of Justification

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Transcending two of the most widely misunderstood positions in philosophy,--foundationalism and coherentism, this collection of papers by a renowned epistemologist offers a theory of rationality as well as an account of knowledge and justified belief.
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"His grasp of modern (analytical) American epistemology is striking. ... This new book is a notable one by a noted philosopher." Canadian Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521440646
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments
Overview: The grounds of justification and the epistemic structure of rationality 1
Pt. I The Foundationalism-Coherentism Controversy
1 Psychological foundationalism 49
2 Axiological foundationalism 72
3 Foundationalism, epistemic dependence, and defeasibility 95
4 The foundationalism-coherentism controversy: hardened stereotypes and overlapping theories 117
Pt. II Knowledge and Justification
5 The limits of self-knowledge 167
6 Defeated knowledge, reliability, and justification 185
7 The causal structure of indirect justification 214
8 Belief, reason, and inference 233
9 Structural justification 274
Pt. III Epistemic Principles and Skepticism
10 Justification, truth, and reliability 299
11 Causalist internalism 332
12 The old skepticism, the new foundationalism, and naturalized epistemology 353
Pt. IV Rationality
13 An epistemic conception of rationality 381
14 Rationalization and rationality 405
15 The architecture of reason 431
Index 471
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