Epistemic Friction: An Essay on Knowledge, Truth, and Logic

Hardcover | July 9, 2016

byGila Sher

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Gila Sher approaches knowledge from the perspective of the basic human epistemic situation - the situation of limited yet resourceful beings, living in a complex world and aspiring to know it in its full complexity. What principles should guide them? Two fundamental principles of knowledge areepistemic friction and freedom. Knowledge must be substantially constrained by the world (friction), but without active participation of the knower in accessing the world (freedom) theoretical knowledge is impossible. This requires a grounding of all knowledge, empirical and abstract, in both mindand world, but the fall of traditional foundationalism has led many to doubt the viability of this "classical" project. The book challenges this skepticism, charting a new foundational methodology, foundational holism, that differs from others in being holistic, world-oriented, and universal (i.e., applicable to all fields of knowledge). Using this methodology, Epistemic Friction develops an integrated theory ofknowledge, truth, and logic. This includes (i) a dynamic model of knowledge, incorporating some of Quine's revolutionary ideas while rejecting his narrow empiricism, (ii) a substantivist, non-traditional correspondence theory of truth, and (iii) an outline of a joint grounding of logic in mind andworld. The model of knowledge subjects all disciplines to robust norms of both veridicality and conceptualization. The correspondence theory is at once robust, universal, and flexible, allowing multiple patterns of correspondence, including complex and indirect patterns. Logic's systematic groundingbrings it in line with other disciplines without neglecting its strong necessity, generality, and normativity, which are explained by its semantic formality.

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Gila Sher approaches knowledge from the perspective of the basic human epistemic situation - the situation of limited yet resourceful beings, living in a complex world and aspiring to know it in its full complexity. What principles should guide them? Two fundamental principles of knowledge areepistemic friction and freedom. Knowledge m...

Gila Sher received her B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her PhD from Columbia University (1989). She is a philosophy professor at the University of California San Diego. Her research centers on foundational issues in epistemology, the theory of truth, and the philosophy of logic. Her book, The Bounds of Logic (MIT, 1991...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:July 9, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I. Epistemic Friction1. Epistemic Friction and Freedom2. A Sustainable Epistemic MethodologyPart II. A Dynamic Model of Knowledge3. Quine's Model of Knowledge: An Inner Tension4. Dynamic Model--Two Dimensions of Change5. Reality, Intellect, Realism6. Differences with QuinePart III: The Structure of Truth7. A Substantivist Theory of Truth8. Basic Principles of TruthPart IV: An Outline of a Foundation for Logic9. The Foundational Problem of Logic10. An Outline of a Foundation for LogicConclusion