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Knowledge and the norm of assertion : an essay in philosophical science

Author: John Turri; Open Book Publishers.
Publisher: Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, [2016] ©2016
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"Language is a human universal reflecting our deeply social nature. Among its essential functions, language enables us to quickly and efficiently share information. We tell each other that many things are true--that is, we routinely make assertions. Information shared this way plays a critical role in the decisions and plans we make. In Knowledge and the Norm of Assertion, a distinguished philosopher and cognitive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Turri; Open Book Publishers.
ISBN: 9781783741854 1783741856 9781783741861 1783741864 178374183X 9781783741830
OCLC Number: 946009512
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. Evidence and Argument. Observational Data; Experimental Data; The Argument; The Explanation; Prefatory Remarks; More Challenging --
2. Extensions and Connections. Know How; Guaranteed Knowledge; Knowledge Valued; Outstanding Questions; Reaching Understanding; Liar's Knowledge --
3. Objections and Replies. Ignorant Assertions. Unlucky Falsehoods; Lucky Truths; Excuses, Excuses; Irrelevant Assessments; Weak Challenges; Pre-Theoretic Data; Apocryphal Paradox; Unbelievable Objections; Certain Competition; No Contest --
4. Prospects and Horizons. What "Should"?; Good Enough?; Super Norm?; Requisite Truth; Requisite Knowledge; Inside and Out; Intuitive Connections; A Coincidence?; Why Knowledge? --
Coda --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: John Turri.

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"Language is a human universal reflecting our deeply social nature. Among its essential functions, language enables us to quickly and efficiently share information. We tell each other that many things are true--that is, we routinely make assertions. Information shared this way plays a critical role in the decisions and plans we make. In Knowledge and the Norm of Assertion, a distinguished philosopher and cognitive scientist investigates the rules or norms that structure our social practice of assertion. Combining evidence from philosophy, psychology, and biology, John Turri shows that knowledge is the central norm of assertion and explains why knowledge plays this role. Concise, comprehensive, non-technical, and thoroughly accessible, this volume quickly brings readers to the cutting edge of a major research program at the intersection of philosophy and science. It presupposes no philosophical or scientific training. It will be of interest to philosophers and scientists, is suitable for use in graduate and undergraduate courses, and will appeal to general readers interested in human nature, social cognition, and communication."--Publisher's website.

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