Thinking about Knowing

Hardcover | November 1, 2002

byJay Rosenberg

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Jay Rosenberg offers a systematic philosophical theory of knowledge which is specifically responsive to the fact that we always engage the world from a particular perspective within it. It consequently calls into question in a fundamental way many received understandings regarding therelationships among the concepts of knowledge, belief, justification, and truth.Thinking about Knowing's leading thesis is that we correctly ascribe knowledge to those whom, from our de facto epistemic perspective, we judge able adequately to justify the corresponding belief. Since from any one epistemic perspective the judgments that a person has done everything he needs todo to be entitled to a confident belief, and that he has done everything he needs to do to establish the truth of that belief, stand or fall together, a further 'truth requirement' is vacuous and idle.On this 'perspectivalist' account, unqualified knowledge attributions are always made only from our own epistemic perspective, with reference to a determinate context of inquiry. The theory is consequently both resolutely anti-skeptical and comprehensively fallibilistic. The corresponding'proceduralist' conception of justification, applying in the first instance to conducts of persons, carries the further 'internalist' consequence that a person's belief is justified only to the extent that he is in a position to justify it.

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Jay Rosenberg offers a systematic philosophical theory of knowledge which is specifically responsive to the fact that we always engage the world from a particular perspective within it. It consequently calls into question in a fundamental way many received understandings regarding therelationships among the concepts of knowledge, beli...

Jay Rosenberg is Taylor Grandy Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The Myth of Cartesian Skepticism: Dreaming, Doubts, and Epistemic Closure2. The Myth of Cartesian Certainty: Epoche and Inner Sense3. Immediate Knowledge: The New Dialectics of Givenness4. Everyday Knowledge: When does S know that p?5. Certitude Sustained: Portrait of G.E. Moore as a Perspectivalist7. Peircean Inquiry: Knowledge without TruthBiblography

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`a compelling journey that makes us further appreciate the contributions Descartes, Kant, Sellars, Moore, Peirce, and others have made to the investigation of important issues in epistemology. Rosenberg, drawing in insightful, original, and provocative ways on these philosophers, gets us tothink anew about the problems of skepticism, knowledge, and the aim of inquiry. Thinking About Knowing will lead its readers to some fruitful "thinking about knowing" of their own.'Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews