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L. T. Hobhouse (1864-1929) was fundamental to the New Liberal movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He authored many important works in the fields of philosophy, economics and social liberalism. First published in 1896, The Theory of Knowledge considers the content and validity of knowledge, and the conditions on which our understanding of knowledge is based. It is a rich and important classic, which remains of value to students and academics with an interest in sociology, anthropology and the philosophy of logic.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Part I: Data 1. Simple Apprehension 2. The Content of Apprehension 3. Obscure, Clear and Analysed Consciousness 4. Memory 5. Construction 6. Ideas 7. General Ideas 8. Resemblance and Identity 9. The Qualitative Judgment 10. The Judgments of Relation and Description 11. General Nature of Judgment 12. The Validity of Judgment; Part II: Inference 1. Imagination and its Factors 2. Imagination as Constructive 3. Inference – General Characteristics 4. The Implication of Inference 5. Generalisation 6. Equivalent and Quasi-Equivalent Inferences 7. The Basis of Generalisation 8. Development of the Principles of Generalisation 9. Criticisms of the Theory of Generalisation 10. Probable Reasoning and Analogy 11. Numerical Probability 12. Possibility 13. The Inductive Methods 14. Scientific Induction 15. Scientific Induction 16. The Interconnection of General Truths 17. Induction and Hypothesis 18. Constructive Generalisation 19. Explanation 20. Summary of the Theory of Inference; Part III: Knowledge 1. Validity 2. The Validity of Knowledge 3. The Conception of External Reality 4. Substance 5. The Conception of Self 6. Reality as a System 7. Knowledge and Reality 8. Grounds of Knowledge and Belief; Index.