Pragmatism and Inquiry: Selected Essays

Hardcover | September 9, 2012

byIsaac Levi

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This volume presents a series of essays which investigate the nature of intellectual inquiry: what its aims are and how it operates. The starting-point is the work of the American Pragmatists C. S. Peirce and John Dewey. Inquiry according to Peirce is a struggle to replace doubt by truebelief. Dewey insisted that the transformation was from an indeterminate situation to a determinate or non-problematic one. So Isaac Levi's subject is changes in doxastic commitments, which may involve changes in attitudes or changes in situations in which attitudes are entangled. The question whatjustifies modification of doxastic commitments is a normative one, and so may not be understandable in purely naturalistic terms.

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This volume presents a series of essays which investigate the nature of intellectual inquiry: what its aims are and how it operates. The starting-point is the work of the American Pragmatists C. S. Peirce and John Dewey. Inquiry according to Peirce is a struggle to replace doubt by truebelief. Dewey insisted that the transformation was...

Isaac Levi is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He is the author of many journal articles and reviews, and his books include The Covenant of Reason: Rationality and the Commitments of Thought, and For the Sake of the Argument: Ramsey Test Conditionals, Inductive Inference and Nonmonotonic Reasoning.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:September 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Corrigibilism without Solidarity2. Inquiry, Deliberation, and Method3. Pragmatism and Change of View4. Beware of Syllogism: Statistical Reasoning and Conjecturing According to Peirce5. Dewey's Logic of Inquiry6. Wayward Naturalism: Saving Dewey from Himself7. Seeking Truth8. The Logic of Consistency and the Logic of Truth9. Belief, Doubt, and Evidentialism10. Induction, Abduction, and Oracles11. Knowledge as True Full BeliefReferencesIndex