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On Foundationalism : A Strategy for Metaphysical Realism - Tom Rockmore

On Foundationalism

A Strategy for Metaphysical Realism

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Published: 5th April 2004
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In ancient times, the main approaches to metaphysical realism were intuitive. In modern times, foundationalism has replaced intuition as the main strategy to make out metaphysical realist claims to know. In On Foundationalism, Rockmore argues that foundationalism fails in all its known variants. Furthermore, Rockmore argues that Kant plays a crucial role in this regard. Kant's complex position is both foundationalist and anti-foundationalist, committed to metaphysical realism, and also, through its commitment to empirical realism, opposed to metaphysical realism. Before Kant, it made eminent sense to be committed to eventually making out a claim for metaphysical realism by formulating an acceptable version of foundationalism. After Kant, it no longer makes sense even to try to do so.

Rockmore's pellucid style presents the complex history of a theory in a usefully understated manner. It is a style that cuts through the technical and historical details to expose the basic key positions, yet does so without oversimplifying them. * Review of Metaphysics *

Introduction: On Realism and Foundationalismp. 1
Realism, Platonic Realism, Truth, and Knowledgep. 13
Epistemological Foundationalismp. 45
Foundationalism as a Systemp. 63
Foundationalism as Representationalismp. 87
On Recent Foundationalismp. 109
Indexp. 141
About the Authorp. 147
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ISBN: 9780742534278
ISBN-10: 0742534278
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 154
Published: 5th April 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4