Knowledge and its Limits

Paperback | October 1, 2002

byTimothy Williamson

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Knowledge and its Limits presents a systematic new conception of knowledge as a fundamental kind of mental state sensitive to the knower's environment. It makes a major contribution to the debate between externalist and internalist philosophies of mind, and breaks radically with theepistemological tradition of analysing knowledge in terms of true belief. The theory casts light on a wide variety of philosophical issues: the problem of scepticism, the nature of evidence, probability and assertion, the dispute between realism and anti-realism and the paradox of the surpriseexamination. Williamson relates the new conception to structural limits on knowledge which imply that what can be known never exhausts what is true. The arguments are illustrated by rigorous models based on epistemic logic and probability theory. The result is a new way of doing epistemology for thetwenty-first century.

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Knowledge and its Limits presents a systematic new conception of knowledge as a fundamental kind of mental state sensitive to the knower's environment. It makes a major contribution to the debate between externalist and internalist philosophies of mind, and breaks radically with theepistemological tradition of analysing knowledge in te...

Timothy Williamson is a Wykeham Professor of Logic, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019925656X

ISBN - 13:9780199256563

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. A State of Mind2. Broadness3. Primeness4. Anti-Luminosity5. Margins and Iterations6. An Application7. Sensitivity8. Scepticism9. Evidence10. Evidential Probability11. Assertion12. Structural UnknowabilityAppendicesBibliographyIndex

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`Review from previous edition Newness in philosophy is rare. But this important book offers a boldly original view of the nature of knowledge ... A daring new picture of knowledge is skillfully supported with an argumentative verve that its author, the new professor of logic at OxfordUniversity, has made himself known for ... Throughout, Mr Williamson is bold, ingenious and original; the tradition he opposes appears by contrast stale, scholastic and uninspired ... anyone with a serious interest in philosophy will have much to learn from this challenging book.'The Economist, 26 May 2001