In general, we ask how knowledge, or knowledge of some specific kind, is possible when we encounter obstacles to its existence or acquisition. So the question is: how is knowledge possible given the various factors that make it look impossible? A satisfactory answer to such a question will therefore need to do several different things. In essence, explaining how a particular kind of knowledge is possible is a matter of identifying ways of acquiring it, overcoming or dissipating obstacles to its acquisition, and figuring out what makes it possible to acquire it.
To respond to a how-possible question in this way is to go in for what might be called a 'multi-levels' approach. The aim of this book is to develop and defend this approach. The first two chapters bring out its advantages and explain why it works better than more familiar 'transcendental' approaches to explaining how knowledge is possible. The remaining chapters use the multi-levels framework to explain how perceptual knowledge is possible, how it is possible to know of the existence of minds other than one's own, and how a priori knowledge is possible.
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About the Author
Quassim Cassam took up the Knightbridge Chair at Cambridge in January 2007. He was previously Professor of Philosophy at University College London (2005-2006) and Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford University (1986-2004). He is the author of Self and World (Oxford University Pr ess, 1997). He is also the editor of Self-Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 1994).
Table of Contents
1. THE POSSIBILITY OF KNOWLEDGE
2. TRANSCENDENTAL ARGUMENTS
3. PERCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE (I): SPACE
4. PERCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGE (II): CONCEPTS
5. OTHER MINDS
6. A PRIORI KNOWLEDGE