Knowledge and Practical Interests

Paperback | December 13, 2007

byJason Stanley

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Jason Stanley presents a startling and provocative claim about knowledge: that whether or not someone knows a proposition at a given time is in part determined by his or her practical interests, i.e. by how much is at stake for that person at that time. So whether a true belief is knowledge isnot merely a matter of supporting beliefs or reliability; in the case of knowledge, practical rationality and theoretical rationality are intertwined. Stanley defends this thesis against alternative accounts of the phenomena that motivate it, such as the claim that knowledge attributions arelinguistically context-sensitive (contextualism about knowledge attributions), and the claim that the truth of a knowledge claim is somehow relative to the person making the claim (relativism about knowledge).In the course of his argument Stanley introduces readers to a number of strategies for resolving philosophical paradox, making the book essential not just for specialists in epistemology but for all philosophers interested in philosophical methodology. Since a number of his strategies appeal tolinguistic evidence, it will be of great interest to linguists as well.

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Jason Stanley presents a startling and provocative claim about knowledge: that whether or not someone knows a proposition at a given time is in part determined by his or her practical interests, i.e. by how much is at stake for that person at that time. So whether a true belief is knowledge isnot merely a matter of supporting beliefs o...

Jason Stanley is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.48 inPublished:December 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199230439

ISBN - 13:9780199230433

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Contextualism2. Knowledge Ascriptions and Gradability3. Knowledge Ascriptions and Context-Sensitivity4. Contextualism on the Cheap?5. Interest-Relative Invariantism6. Interest-Relative Invariantism vs. Contextualism7. Interest-Relative Invariantism vs. Relativism8. Contextualism, Interest-Relativism, and Philosophical Paradox9. Conclusion

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`Review from previous edition Stanley's book ... is a model of clarity and showcases one of philosophy's brightest young things at his best ... a great, wide-ranging, must-read book ... This is a book that is rich with insight and argument and which has a broad philosophical reach. ...essential reading.'Duncan Pritchard, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews