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Anti-Individualism : Mind and Language, Knowledge and Justification - Sanford C. Goldberg

Anti-Individualism

Mind and Language, Knowledge and Justification

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Sanford C. Goldberg argues that a proper account of the communication of knowledge through speech has anti-individualistic implications for both epistemology and the philosophy of mind and language. In Part I he offers a novel argument for anti-individualism about mind and language, the view that the contents of one's thoughts and the meanings of one's words depend for their individuation on one's social and natural environment. In Part II he discusses the epistemic dimension of knowledge communication, arguing that the epistemic characteristics of communication-based beliefs depend on features of the cognitive and linguistic acts of the subject's social peers. In acknowledging an ineliminable social dimension to mind, language, and the epistemic categories of knowledge, justification, and rationality, his book develops fundamental links between externalism in the philosophy of mind and language, on the one hand, and externalism is epistemology, on the other.

'Goldberg's book is an important contribution to philosophy of language and mind, as well as epistemology. For anyone who is, or aspires to be, a serious participant in the epistemology of testimony it is a 'must study'.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Preface
Introduction
Semantic Anti-Individualism:
The nature of knowledge communication
Public linguistic norms: the case from successful communication
Public linguistic norms: the case from misunderstanding
From public linguistic norms to anti-individualism regarding language of thought
Epistemic Anti-Individualism
The epistemic dimension of knowledge communication: towards an anti-individualistic approach
The objection from gullibility
The objection from rationality
Towards an 'active' epistemic anti-individualism
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521169240
ISBN-10: 0521169240
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 9th September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.36