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Knowledge and its limits

Author: Timothy Williamson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprView all editions and formats
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The book develops a conception of epistemology in which the notion of knowledge is explanatorily fundamental. It reverses the traditional programme of trying to analyse knowledge as a combination of truth, belief, and other factors, such as justification. Rather, belief is a state whose successful form is knowledge, and justification is on the basis of knowledge, which is acquainted with evidence. Knowing is as much  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Williamson
ISBN: 9780199256563 019925656X
OCLC Number: 553947511
Notes: Originally published: 2000.
Description: XI, 340 Seiten ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction ; 1. A State of Mind ; 2. Broadness ; 3. Primeness ; 4. Anti-Luminosity ; 5. Margins and Iterations ; 6. An Application ; 7. Sensitivity ; 8. Scepticism ; 9. Evidence ; 10. Evidential Probability ; 11. Assertion ; 12. Structural Unknowability ; Appendices ; Bibliography ; Index
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Knowledge and its Limits presents a systematic new conception of knowledge as a kind of mental state. Williamson casts light on many philosophical problems: scepticism, evidence, probability and  Read more...

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