Essays on A Priori Knowledge and Justification

Paperback | July 15, 2014

byAlbert Casullo

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The past twenty-five years have seen a major renewal of interest in the topic of a priori knowledge. In the sixteen essays collected here, which span this entire period, philosopher Albert Casullo documents the complex set of issues motivating the renewed interest, identifies the centralepistemological questions, and provides the leading ideas of a unified response to them. Throughout the essays, Casullo offers a systematic treatment of the concept of a priori knowledge, the existence of a priori knowledge, and the relationship between a priori knowledge and the related concepts ofnecessary truth and analytic truth. The essays fall into three categories: six published prior to his A Priori Justification (OUP, 2003), four published after the book, and four previously unpublished papers.The first six essays provide the background and introduction to a number of the major themes of the book: the articulation and defense of the minimal conception of a priori justification, an exposition of the limitations of the traditional arguments both for and against a priori knowledge, and therelevance of empirical investigation to providing supporting evidence for the claim that there are nonexperiential sources of justification.The remaining four published essays explore diverse themes that were introduced in Casullo's previous book but not developed in detail: epistemic overdetermination, the relationship between a priori knowledge and necessary truth, testimony and a priori knowledge, and the bearing of socio-historicalaccounts of knowledge on the a priori.The four previously unpublished essays address issues that have either emerged or taken on more prominence in the literature on the a priori since the publication of Casullo's previous book: the evidential status of intuitions, the nature of modal knowledge, and challenges to the cogency or thesignificance of the a priori-a posteriori distinction.

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The past twenty-five years have seen a major renewal of interest in the topic of a priori knowledge. In the sixteen essays collected here, which span this entire period, philosopher Albert Casullo documents the complex set of issues motivating the renewed interest, identifies the centralepistemological questions, and provides the leadi...

Albert Casullo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of A Priori Justification, the editor of A Priori Knowledge and the co-editor of The A Priori In Philosophy. His essays on the a priori have appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Kripke on the A Priori and the Necessary2. Necessity, Certainty, and the A Priori3. Revisability, Reliabilism, and A Priori Knowledge4. Causality, Reliabilism, and Mathematical Knowledge5. The Coherence of Empiricism6. A Priori Knowledge7. Epistemic Overdetermination and A Priori Justification8. Testimony and A Priori Knowledge9. Analyzing A Priori Knowledge10. Knowledge and Modality11. Intuition, Thought Experiments, and the A Priori12. Counterfactuals and Modal Knowledge13. Conceivability and Modal Knowledge14. Articulating the A Priori-A Posteriori DistinctionAppendix. Annotated Bibliography on A Priori Knowledge