Knowledge Ascriptions

Hardcover | May 31, 2012

EditorJessica Brown, Mikkel Gerken

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Knowledge ascriptions, such as 'Sam knows that Obama is president of the United States', play a central role in our cognitive and social lives. For example, they are closely related to epistemic assessments of action. As a result, knowledge ascriptions are a central topic of research in bothphilosophy and science. In this collection of new essays on knowledge ascriptions, world class philosophers offer novel approaches to this long standing topic. The contributions exemplify three recent approaches to knowledge ascriptions. First, a linguistic turn according to which linguistic phenomena and theory are an important resource for providing an adequate account of knowledge ascriptions. Second, a cognitive turn according to which empiricaltheories from, for example, cognitive psychology as well as experimental philosophy should be invoked in theorizing about knowledge ascriptions. Third, a social turn according to which the social functions of knowledge ascriptions to both individuals and groups are central to understanding knowledge ascriptions. In addition, since knowledge ascriptions have figured very prominently in discussions concerning philosophical methodology, many ofthe contributions address or exemplify various methodological approaches.The editors, Jessica Brown and Mikkel Gerken, provide a substantive introduction that gives an overview of the various approaches to this complex debate, their interconnections, and the wide-ranging methodological issues that they raise.

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Knowledge ascriptions, such as 'Sam knows that Obama is president of the United States', play a central role in our cognitive and social lives. For example, they are closely related to epistemic assessments of action. As a result, knowledge ascriptions are a central topic of research in bothphilosophy and science. In this collection of...

Jessica Brown studied at Oxford before taking up positions in Bristol and then St Andrews. She is now Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Arche Philosophical Research Centre in St Andrews. She works mainly in epistemology, as well as the methodology of philosophy. Current interests include the nature and value of knowledge,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:May 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of contributors1. Jessica Brown and Mikkel Gerken: Introduction: Knowledge Ascriptions: Their Semantics, Cognitive Bases, and Social Functions2. Jessica Brown: Words, Concepts and Epistemology3. Jeremy Fantl and Matthew McGrath: Shifty Epistemology4. Brian Weatherson: Knowledge, Bets and Interests5. Michael Blome-Tillmann: Presuppositional Epistemic Contextualism and the Problem of Known Presuppositions6. Ephraim Glick: Abilities and Know-How Attributions7. Mikkel Gerken: On the Cognitive Bases of Knowledge Ascriptions8. Jennifer Nagel: Mindreading in Gettier Cases and Skeptical Pressure Cases9. Angel Pinillos: Knowledge, Experiments and Practical Interests10. James R. Beebe: Social Functions of Knowledge11. Jennifer Lackey: Group Knowledge Attributions12. Patrick Rysiew: Epistemic ScorekeepingIndex