Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byColin Mcginn

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Knowledge and Reality brings together a selection of Colin McGinn's philosophical essays from the 1970s to the 1990s, whose unifying theme is the relation between the mind and the world. The essays range over a set of prominent topics in contemporary philosophy, including the analysis ofknowledge, the a priori, necessity, possible worlds, realism, mental representation, appearance and reality, and colour. McGinn has written a new postscript to each essay, placing it in its philosophical context by sketching the background against which it was written, explaining its relations toother notable work, and offering his current reflections on the topic. The volume thus traces the development of McGinn's ideas and their role in some central philosophical debates. Seen together the essays offer a many-sided defence of realism, while emphasizing the epistemological price thatrealism exacts.

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Knowledge and Reality brings together a selection of Colin McGinn's philosophical essays from the 1970s to the 1990s, whose unifying theme is the relation between the mind and the world. The essays range over a set of prominent topics in contemporary philosophy, including the analysis ofknowledge, the a priori, necessity, possible worl...

Colin McGinn is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He was previously Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and before that Reader in Philosophy at University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:338 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Knowledge and Necessity1. The Concept of Knowledge2. A Priori and A Posteriori Knowledge3. A Note on the Essence of Natural Kinds4. On the Necessity of Origin5. Modal RealityThought and World6. The Structure of Content7. Conceptual Causation: Some Elementary Reflections8. Charity, Interpretation, and Epistemology9. Radical Interpretation and Epistemology10. The Mechanism of ReferenceReality and Appearance11. Truth and Use12. An A Priori Argument for Realism13. Two Notions of Realism?14. Realist Semantics and Content-Ascription15. Another Look at Colour16. The Appearance of ColourIndex