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The Structure of Justification - Robert Audi

The Structure of Justification

Paperback Published: 3rd January 1994
ISBN: 9780521446129
Number Of Pages: 496

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This collection of papers (including three completely new ones) by one of the foremost philosophers in epistemology transcends two of the most widely misunderstood positions in philosophy--foundationalism and coherentism. Audi proposes a distinctively moderate, internalist foundationalism that incorporates some of the virtues of both coherentism and reliabilism. He develops important distinctions between positive and negative epistemic dependence, substantively and conceptually naturalistic theories, dispositional beliefs and dispositions to believe, episodically and structurally inferential beliefs, first and second order internalism, and rebutting as opposed to refuting skepticism. These contrasts are applied not only to rational belief, but to rational action and the rationality of desires and intentions. The overall position is a pluralist, moderately rationalistic, internalist theory of justification and a partly externalist conception of knowledge. However, by virtue of offering a theory of rationality as well as an account of knowledge and justified belief, it will interest philosophers of ethics, science, and the social sciences and teachers and students of epistemology.

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"His grasp of modern (analytical) American epistemology is striking. ... This new book is a notable one by a noted philosopher." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

The Foundationalism-Coherentism Controversy
Psychological foundationalism
Axiological foundationalism
Foundationalism, epistemic dependence, and defeasibility
The foundationalism-coherentism controversy: hardened stereotypes and overlapping theories
Knowledge and Justification
the limits of self-knowledge
defeated knowledge, reliability, and justification
The causal structure of indirect justification
Belief, reason, and inference
Structural justification
Epistemic Principles and Skepticism
Justification, truth and reliability
Causalist internalism
The old skepticism, the new foundationalism, and naturalized epistemology
An epistemic conception of rationality
Rationalization and rationality
The architecture of reason.
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ISBN: 9780521446129
ISBN-10: 0521446120
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 3rd January 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.66