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Acceptable Premises : An Epistemic Approach to an Informal Logic Problem - James B. Freeman

Acceptable Premises

An Epistemic Approach to an Informal Logic Problem

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Published: 20th December 2004
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When, if ever, is one justified in accepting the premises of an argument? What is the proper criterion of premise acceptability? Can the criterion be theoretically or philosophically justified? This is the first book to provide a comprehensive theory of premise acceptability and it answers the questions above from an epistemological approach that the author calls common sense foundationalism. It will be eagerly sought out not just by specialists in informal logic, critical thinking, and argumentation theory but also by a broader range of philosophers and those teaching rhetoric.

'... argumentation theory has long wanted for a detailed and sustained treatment of premise acceptability to supplement and improve various pedagogical assumptions that populate textbooks. And beyond even this, the book is a serious contribution to epistemology that should find a wide philosophical audience from those interested in such matters.' Christopher Tindale, Trent University, Ontario '... the book is well-written and well-organized. It may be used as a handbook of commonsense foundationalism.' Argumentation

Acceptability: Dialectical and Epistemological Considerations
Why do we need a theory of acceptability?
Acceptability and presumption
Factors determining presumption: basic considerations
Epistemological considerations: acceptability, deontology, internalism, justification
Statements, Belief-Generating Mechanisms, and Presumptive Reliability
What types of statements are there?
Necessary statements and a priori intuition
Descriptions and their belief-generating mechanisms
Interpretations and their modes of intuition
Evaluations and the moral faculties
Taking one's word: the interpersonal belief-generating mechanism
Practice and Perspective
An outline of the practice of epistemic causistry
Theoretical considerations: a common sense foundationalism
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ISBN: 9780521540605
ISBN-10: 0521540607
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 20th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.56