The Epistemological Spectrum: At the Interface of Cognitive Science and Conceptual Analysis

Paperback | September 1, 2013

byDavid K. Henderson, Terence Horgan

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David Henderson and Terence Horgan set out a broad new approach to epistemology, which they see as a mixed discipline, having both a priori and empirical elements. They defend the roles of a priori reflection and conceptual analysis in philosophy, but their revisionary account of thesephilosophical methods allows them a subtle but essential empirical dimension. They espouse a dual-perspective position which they call iceberg epistemology, respecting the important differences between epistemic processes that are consciously accessible and those that are not. Reflecting onepistemic justification, they introduce the notion of transglobal reliability as the mark of the cognitive processes that are suitable for humans. Which cognitive processes these are depends on contingent facts about human cognitive capacities, and these cannot be known a priori.

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David Henderson and Terence Horgan set out a broad new approach to epistemology, which they see as a mixed discipline, having both a priori and empirical elements. They defend the roles of a priori reflection and conceptual analysis in philosophy, but their revisionary account of thesephilosophical methods allows them a subtle but esse...

David Henderson is Robert R. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and the Moral Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of Interpretation and Explanation in the Human Sciences and a number of articles on epistemology and the philosophy of the social sciences. Terry Horgan is Professor of Philosophy a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. An Overview2. Grades of A Priori Justification3. Neoclassical Reliabilism4. Transglobal Reliabilism5. Defending Transglobal Reliabilism6. Epistemic Competence and the Call to Naturalize Epistemology7. An Expanded Conception of Epistemically Relevant Cognitive Processes: The Role of Morphological Content8. Iceberg Epistemology: Vindicating and Transforming Some Traditional Accounts of JustificationBibliographyIndex

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"an ambitious and revisionary epistemological endeavor ... tackles a number of traditional epistemological issues and promises to advance these debates with novel arguments and examples" --The Review of Metaphysics