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Cambridge Studies in Philosophy : Common Sense: A Contemporary Defense - Noah M. Lemos

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Common Sense: A Contemporary Defense

By: Noah M. Lemos, Ernest Sosa (Editor), Jonathan Dancy (Editor), John Haldane (Editor), Gilbert Harman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 23rd August 2004
ISBN: 9780521837842
Number Of Pages: 210

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In this book, Noah Lemos presents a strong defense of the common sense tradition, the view that we may take as data for philosophical inquiry many of the things we ordinarily think we know. He discusses the main features of that tradition as expounded by Thomas Reid, G. E. Moore and Roderick Chisholm. For a long time common sense philosophers have been subject to two main objections: that they fail to give any non-circular argument for the reliability of memory and perception; and that they pick out instances of knowledge without knowing a criterion for knowledge. Lemos defends the appeal to what we ordinarily think we know in both epistemology and ethics and thus rejects the charge that common sense is dogmatic, unphilosophical or question-begging. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book will appeal to students and philosophers in epistemology and ethics.

"...Academic libraries wanting a solid philosophy collection should acquire this book." CHOICE May 2005 "clear and straightfoward" - Amy M. Schmitter, University of Alberta

The common sense tradition
Common sense and reliability
Common sense and reliability II
Reid, reliability, and Reid's wrong turn
Moore, skepticism, and the external world
Chisholm, particularism, and methodism
Common sense and a priori epistemology
Particularism, ethical skepticism, and moral philosophy
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ISBN: 9780521837842
ISBN-10: 0521837847
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 23rd August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48

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