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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: 10th January 2005
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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? Providing a comprehensive theory of premise acceptability, this book answers these questions from an epistemological approach that the author calls "common sense foundationalism". His work will be of interest to specialists in informal logic, critical thinking and argumentation theory as well as to 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: 9780521833011
ISBN-10: 0521833019
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 10th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.66