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Satisfying Reason : Studies in the Theory of Knowledge

Author: Nicolas Rescher
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1995.
Series: Episteme, A Series in the Foundational, Methodological, Philosophical, Psychological, Sociological, and Political Aspects of the Sciences, Pure and Applied, 21.
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Leibniz said with a mixture of admiration and inspiration that the Duchess Sophie of Hannover always wanted to know the reason why behind the reason why. And that is just how rationality works: it wants to leave no loose ends to understanding, seeking to enable us to understand things through to the bitter end. In the twelve chapters that make up Satisfying Reason, Rescher develops and defends the following  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicolas Rescher
ISBN: 9789401104838 9401104832
OCLC Number: 851371452
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 246 pages).
Contents: 1: Satisfying Reason --
2: Why Be Rational? --
3: Reason and Reality --
4: Metaknowledge --
5: Fallibilism and the Pursuit of Truth --
6: Methodological Optimism --
7: Meaningless Numbers --
8: Conceptual Idealism Revisited --
9: The Contrast Between Explanatory and Experiential Understanding --
10: The Limits of Cognitive Relativism --
11 : The Deficits of Deconstructionism --
12: Exits from Paradox --
Name Index.
Series Title: Episteme, A Series in the Foundational, Methodological, Philosophical, Psychological, Sociological, and Political Aspects of the Sciences, Pure and Applied, 21.
Responsibility: by Nicolas Rescher.
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Leibniz said with a mixture of admiration and inspiration that the Duchess Sophie of Hannover always wanted to know the reason why behind the reason why. And that is just how rationality works: it wants to leave no loose ends to understanding, seeking to enable us to understand things through to the bitter end. In the twelve chapters that make up Satisfying Reason, Rescher develops and defends the following perspective: That rationality is a cardinal virtue in cognitive matters. That this is not something simple and cut-and-dried: in the pursuit of truth through the development of knowledge we face obstacles -- sometimes even insuperable ones. All that we can do is the best we can, realizing that even our very best may still be imperfect. Nevertheless, the venture is far from hopeless. While absolutes are unattainable in the cognitive venture, some solutions are situationally optimal, being comparatively the best that can be managed under the circumstances. That reason itself enables us to come to terms with this state of affairs, urging us to accept the best we can do as good enough. Satisfying Reason is an explanation of the presuppositions and methods of rational enquiry, an original exercise in metaknowledge, developing a systematic body of knowledge about the scope and limits of knowledge itself.

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