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Epistemology : an introduction to the theory of knowledge

Author: Nicholas Rescher
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York, ©2003.
Series: SUNY series in philosophy.
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Rescher, Nicholas.
Epistemology.
Albany : State University of New York, ©2003
(DLC) 2003057270
(OCoLC)52520149
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Rescher
ISBN: 1417537728 9781417537723 0791458113 9780791458112 0791458121 9780791458129 9780791486375 0791486370
OCLC Number: 56408585
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 406 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Ch. 1 Modes of Knowledge --
Ch. 2 Fallibilism and Truth Estimation --
Ch. 3 Skepticism and Its Deficits --
Ch. 4 Epistemic Justification in a Functionalistic and Naturalistic Perspective --
Ch. 5 Plausibility and Presumption --
Ch. 6 Trust and Cooperation in Pragmatic Perspective --
Ch. 7 Foundationalism and Coherentism --
Ch. 8 Pursuit of Truth: Coherentist Criteriology --
Ch. 9 Cognitive Relativism and Contexualism --
Ch. 10 Pragmatic Rationale of Cognitive Objectivity --
Ch. 11 Rationality --
Ch. 12 Scientific Progress --
Ch. 13 Law of Logarithmic Returns and the Complexification of Natural Science --
Ch. 14 Imperfectability of Knowledge: Knowledge as Boundless --
Ch. 15 Rational Intelligibility of Nature --
Ch. 16 Human Science as Characteristically Human --
Ch. 17 On Ignorance, Insolubilia, and the Limits of Knowledge --
Ch. 18 Cognitive Realism.
Series Title: SUNY series in philosophy.
Responsibility: Nicholas Rescher.

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A comprehensive introduction to the theory of knowledge. Guided by the founding ideas of American pragmatism, Epistemology provides a clear example of the basic concepts involved in knowledge acquisition and explains the principles at work in the development of rational inquiry. It examines how these principles analyze the course of scientific progress and how the development of scientific inquiry inevitably encounters certain natural disasters. At the center of the book's deliberations there lies not only the potential for scientific progress but also the limit of science as well. This comprehensive introduction to the theory of knowledge addresses a myriad of topics, including the critique of skepticism, the nature of rationality, the possibility of science for extraterrestrial intelligences, and the prospect of insoluble issues in science.

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