ISBN-10:
0691028796
ISBN-13:
9780691028798
Pub. Date:
11/25/1996
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Considered Judgment

Considered Judgment

by Catherine Z. Elgin

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ISBN-13: 9780691028798
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/25/1996
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Catherine Z. Elgin is Professor of the Philosophy of Education at Harvard University. Her books include With Reference to Reference and Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary. She coauthored Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences with Nelson Goodman.

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. IEpistemology's End3
Quarry3
Perfect Procedural Epistemology6
Imperfect Procedural Epistemology10
Pure Procedural Epistemology15
Approach20
Ch. IIThe Failure of Foundationalism21
Requirements21
Blueprint24
Strict Strictures30
Lower Standards35
Meaning40
Causality47
Subjunctive Support51
Collapse57
Ch. IIIKnowledge by Consensus60
The Social Construction of Knowledge60
Games People Play61
Playing for Real66
The Inquiry Game70
Puzzle Solving74
Widening the Field79
Diverging Paths84
Normalizing Relations88
Does Charity End at Home?91
Summing Up93
What We Do96
Two Concepts of Rules98
Ch. IVThe Merits of Equilibrium101
Initial Tenability101
Reflective Equilibrium106
Going Public111
Bootstrapping120
Change in Focus: From Knowledge to Understanding122
The Growth of Understanding129
Judgment Calls134
Deeper Conflicts138
Restrictions on Relativism143
Ch. VThe Heart Has Its Reasons146
Feelings147
Frames of Mind149
Tenability156
Emotional Honesty159
Classification161
Emotion and the Range of Epistemology167
Ch. VIShifting Focus170
Telling Instances171
Learning from Examples178
Fiction in Fact183
Fiction's Feedback186
What We Learn about What We Know189
Getting Perspective192
Tenable Fictions195
Figurative Functions196
Reconfiguration200
Summing Up204
Ch. VIIEpistemic Interdependence205
Verstehen205
Language208
Indeterminacy214
Index221

What People are Saying About This

Considered Judgment contains a detailed defense of a sophisticated and novel view of basic epistemology as well as perceptive criticism of leading alternative views. Catherine Elgin's discussion of the epistemological significance of emotion, metaphor, and fiction will also interest many readers. The book contains a unique epistemological position that deserves serious consideration by specialists in the subject.

Bruce Aune

Considered Judgment contains a detailed defense of a sophisticated and novel view of basic epistemology as well as perceptive criticism of leading alternative views. Catherine Elgin's discussion of the epistemological significance of emotion, metaphor, and fiction will also interest many readers. The book contains a unique epistemological position that deserves serious consideration by specialists in the subject.
Bruce Aune, University of Massachusetts

Robert Schwartz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Catherine Elgin writes clearly and engagingly. She is masterful in providing telling examples, pithy metaphors, and apt juxtapositions to make her points. I enjoyed and profited from reading Considered Judgment, and I think others both in and out of philosophy will too.

Bruce Aune, University of Massachusetts

Considered Judgment contains a detailed defense of a sophisticated and novel view of basic epistemology as well as perceptive criticism of leading alternative views. Catherine Elgin's discussion of the epistemological significance of emotion, metaphor, and fiction will also interest many readers. The book contains a unique epistemological position that deserves serious consideration by specialists in the subject.

Robert Schwartz

Catherine Elgin writes clearly and engagingly. She is masterful in providing telling examples, pithy metaphors, and apt juxtapositions to make her points. I enjoyed and profited from reading Considered Judgment, and I think others both in and out of philosophy will too.
Robert Schwartz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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