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Philosophy after Objectivity : Making Sense in Perspective - Paul K. Moser

Philosophy after Objectivity

Making Sense in Perspective

Hardcover Published: 24th June 1993
ISBN: 9780195081091
Number Of Pages: 280

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Since the beginning of philosophy, philosophers have sought objective knowledge: knowledge of things whose existence does not depend on one's conceiving of them. Philosophy After Objectivity uses lessons from debates over objective knowledge to characterize the kinds of reasons pertinent to philosophical and other theoretical views. It argues that we cannot meet skeptics' typical demands for non-question begging support for claims to objective truth, and that therefore we should not regard our supporting reasons as resistant to skeptical challenges.
One key lesson in this volume is that constructive, explanatory approach to philosophy must change the subject from skeptic-resistant reasons to perspectival reasons arising from variable semantic commitments and instrumental, purpose-relative considerations. The book lays foundations for such a reorientation of philosophy creating Fundamental methodological issues in ontology, epistemology, the theory of meaning, the philosophy of mind, and the theory of practical rationality.
Philosophy After Objectivity explains how certain perennial debates in philosophy rest not on genuine disagreement, but on conceptual diversity: talk about different matters. The book shows how acknowledgment of conceptual diversity can resolve a range of traditional disputes in philosophy, and also explains why philosophers need not anchor their discipline in the physicalism of the natural sciences.

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"Moser's book should draw a large response. It deserves careful study by epistemologists, metaphysicians, and anyone interested in the philosophy of language."--The Review of Metaphysics "With this work, Paul Moser's philosophy appears to have taken a quite significant and decidedly postmodern turn....This book is an excellent and wide-ranging work that tackles deep issues in metaphilosophy, and brings to certain `postmodern' themes the precision and clarity of an outstanding analytic philosopher."--The Philosophical Review "Moser's book should draw a large response. It deserves careful study by epistemologists, metaphysicians, and anyone interested in the philosophy of language."--The Review of Metaphysics "With this work, Paul Moser's philosophy appears to have taken a quite significant and decidedly postmodern turn....This book is an excellent and wide-ranging work that tackles deep issues in metaphilosophy, and brings to certain `postmodern' themes the precision and clarity of an outstanding analytic philosopher."--The Philosophical Review

Introduction: Objectivity and Relativity in Philosophy 1.: Ontology, Evidence, and Philosophical Questions 2.: Justification, Meta-Epistemology, and Meaning 3.: Meaning, Interpretation, and Analyticity 4.: Reasons, Truth, and Relativism 5.: Physicalism, Action, and Explanation Appendix: Charity, Interpretation, and Truth

ISBN: 9780195081091
ISBN-10: 0195081099
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 24th June 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.1  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.64

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