Download e-book for iPad: An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge by Dan O'Brien

By Dan O'Brien

ISBN-10: 074563317X

ISBN-13: 9780745633176

An creation to the idea of data courses the reader during the key matters and debates in modern epistemology. Lucid, entire and obtainable, it really is a terrific textbook for college students who're new to the topic and for collage undergraduates. The e-book is split into 5 components. half I discusses the concept that of information and distinguishes among forms of wisdom. half II surveys the resources of data, contemplating either a priori and a posteriori wisdom. elements III and IV supply an in-depth dialogue of justification and scepticism. the ultimate a part of the publication examines our alleged wisdom of the previous, different minds, morality and God. O'Brien makes use of enticing examples in the course of the ebook, taking many from literature and the cinema. He explains advanced matters, reminiscent of these in regards to the inner most language argument, non-conceptual content material, and the hot riddle of induction, in a transparent and obtainable means. This textbook is a useful advisor to modern epistemology.

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This common factor, however, should not be seen as an object, but rather as a property of perceptual experience that is akin to the representational properties possessed by certain thoughts. However, before we turn to these theories we should take a closer look at the nature of sense data. There are, however, various difficulties with respect to dualism, and I shall briefly consider one of them. 35). Two strategies that take this line are idealism and phenomenalism. A consequence of such an account would seem to be that when we do not perceive the world, it does not exist.

Questions 1. Are they? 2. ’ 3. Can necessary and sufficient conditions be given for the possession of knowledge? 4. What is the relevance of Gettier cases to the analysis of knowledge? 5. And how do your answers relate to the tripartite definition of knowledge? 33–45); and in the film The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) where two prisoners discuss what it is to be a ‘real man’. Williamson’s Knowledge and its Limits (2000) warrants close study (although it is rather difficult), and a good introduction to cognitive externalism can be found in McCulloch’s The Mind and its World (1995).

A consequence of such an account would seem to be that when we do not perceive the world, it does not exist. Berkeley attempts to avoid this conclusion by claiming that God perceives the objects that are not perceived by us and thus sustains their existence; an existence, though, merely in the realm of ideas or sense data. 6) Such a position is highly problematic and certainly counterintuitive, although, perhaps surprisingly, some of its anti-realist elements were widely adopted in the early twentieth century by a group of philosophers called phenomenalists.

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