Knowledge in an Uncertain World

Paperback | December 24, 2011

byJeremy Fantl, Matthew Mcgrath

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Knowledge in an Uncertain World is an exploration of the relation between knowledge, reasons, and justification. According to the primary argument of the book, you can rely on what you know in action and belief, because what you know can be a reason you have and you can rely on the reasons youhave. If knowledge doesn't allow for a chance of error, then this result is unsurprising. But if knowledge does allow for a chance of error - as seems required if we know much of anything at all - this result entails the denial of a received position in epistemology. Because any chance of error, ifthe stakes are high enough, can make a difference to what can be relied on, two subjects with the same evidence and generally the same strength of epistemic position for a proposition can differ with respect to whether they are in a position to know. In defending these points, Fantl and McGrath investigate the ramifications for debates about epistemological externalism and contextualism, the value and importance of knowledge, Wittgensteinian hinge propositions, Bayesianism, and the nature of belief. The book is essential reading forepistemologists, philosophers who work on reasons and rationality, philosophers of language and mind, and decision theorists.

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Knowledge in an Uncertain World is an exploration of the relation between knowledge, reasons, and justification. According to the primary argument of the book, you can rely on what you know in action and belief, because what you know can be a reason you have and you can rely on the reasons youhave. If knowledge doesn't allow for a chan...

Jeremy Fantl received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2000 and is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary. Matthew McGrath received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1998 and is currently Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Missouri.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199694672

ISBN - 13:9780199694679

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Fallibilism2. Contextualism3. Knowledge and Reasons4. Justification5. Belief6. The Value and Importance of Knowledge7. Infallibilism or Pragmatic Encroachment?Chapter Appendix IConflicts with Bayesian Decision Theory?Chapter Appendix IIDoes KJ entail infallibilism?GlossaryBibliography

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Review from previous edition: "filled with interesting and original arguments about the nature and possibility of knowledge ... working through the puzzles having to do with the relations between knowledge, justification, and reasons for belief and action has been a great deal of fun. I cannotrecall enjoying a book as much as I've enjoyed --Knowledge in an Uncertain World." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews ' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews