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In defense of pure reason : a rationalist account of a priori justification

Author: Laurence BonJour
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Cambridge studies in philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book
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This book is concerned with the alleged capacity of the human mind to arrive at beliefs and knowledge about the world on the basis of pure reason without any dependence on sensory experience. Most recent philosophers reject the view and argue that all substantive knowledge must be sensory in origin. Laurence BonJour provocatively reopens the debate by presenting the most comprehensive exposition and defense of the  Read more...
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Named Person: Immanuel Kant
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence BonJour
ISBN: 0521592364 9780521592369 0521597455 9780521597456
OCLC Number: 1031627770
Description: xiv, 232 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: the problem of a priori justification --
2. In search of moderate empiricism --
3. Quine and radical empiricism --
4. A moderate rationalism --
5. Epistemological objections to rationalism --
6. Metaphysical objections to rationalism --
7. The justification of induction --
App. Non-Euclidean geometry and relativity.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in philosophy.
Responsibility: Laurence BonJour.

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This book is concerned with the alleged capacity of the human mind to arrive at beliefs and knowledge about the world on the basis of pure reason without any dependence on sensory experience. Most recent philosophers reject the view and argue that all substantive knowledge must be sensory in origin. Laurence BonJour provocatively reopens the debate by presenting the most comprehensive exposition and defense of the rationalist view that a priori insight is a genuine basis for knowledge. As well as offering a systematic defense of a priori justification, BonJour provides a sustained critique of competing empiricist theories that either claim that a priori justification exists but is limited to mere tautologies or deny the existence of a priori justification altogether. The book concludes with a rationalist solution to the classical problem of induction.

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