A Naturalistic Epistemology: Selected Papers

Hardcover | January 4, 2015

byHilary Kornblith

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This volume draws together influential work by Hilary Kornblith on naturalistic epistemology. The naturalistic approach sees epistemology not as a matter of analysis of concepts, but as an explanatory project constrained and informed by work in the cognitive sciences. These essays expound anddefend Kornblith's distinctive view of how we come to have knowledge of the world. He offers critical discussion of alternative approaches, such as foundationalism, the coherence theory of justification, internalism, and externalism; and he discusses social epistemology, the role of intuitions inphilosophical theorizing, epistemic normativity, and the ways in which philosophical theories may be informed by empirical considerations. Kornblith aims to show how an epistemology which is based in the sciences of cognition may provide the understanding and intellectual illumination which hasalways been the goal of philosophical theorizing.

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This volume draws together influential work by Hilary Kornblith on naturalistic epistemology. The naturalistic approach sees epistemology not as a matter of analysis of concepts, but as an explanatory project constrained and informed by work in the cognitive sciences. These essays expound anddefend Kornblith's distinctive view of how w...

Hilary Kornblith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Inductive Inference and its Natural Ground (MIT, Press, 1993); Knowledge and its Place in Nature (OUP, 2002); and On Reflection (OUP 2012).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:January 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Beyond Foundationalism and the Coherence Theory2. Justified Belief and Epistemically Responsible Action3. How Internal Can You Get?4. The Unattainability of Coherence5. Epistemic Normativity6. A Conservative Approach to Social Epistemology7. Naturalism: Both Metaphysical and Epistemological8. Knowledge in Humans and Other Animals9. Does Reliabilism Make Knowledge Merely Conditional?10. Naturalism and Intuitions11. A Reliabilist Solution to the Problem of Promiscuous Bootstrapping12. Why Should We Care about the Concept of Knowledge?13. Reasons, Naturalism, and Transcendental Philosophy