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Warrant and Proper Function - Alvin Plantinga

Warrant and Proper Function

Paperback Published: 27th May 1993
ISBN: 9780195078640
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this companion volume to Warrant: The Current Debate, Alvin Plantinga develops an original approach to the question of epistemic warrant; that is what turns true belief into knowledge. He argues that what is crucial to warrant is the proper functioning of one's cognitive faculties in the right kind of cognitive environment. Although this book is in some sense a sequel to its companion volume, the arguments do not presuppose those of the first book and it stands alone as a stimulating contribution to epistemology.

"A must for all epistemologists and philosophers of religion. Seldom is sustained philosophical argument such a joy to read."--Religious Studies Review "...will undoubtedly generate extensive debate because of the breadth of scope, meticulous detail and resourceful argument that are so characteristic of Plantinga's work."--International Studies in Review "The present volume and its two companions raise larger issues and promise to significantly broaden the scope and influence of this epistemological project....There is much that is provocative and of great interest in this new book from Plantinga....readers of the first two volumes will find much food for thought here, and will have their appetites whetted for the third, forthcoming volume of the trilogy."--Mind "A must for all epistemologists and philosophers of religion. Seldom is sustained philosophical argument such a joy to read."--Religious Studies Review "...will undoubtedly generate extensive debate because of the breadth of scope, meticulous detail and resourceful argument that are so characteristic of Plantinga's work."--International Studies in Review "The present volume and its two companions raise larger issues and promise to significantly broaden the scope and influence of this epistemological project....There is much that is provocative and of great interest in this new book from Plantinga....readers of the first two volumes will find much food for thought here, and will have their appetites whetted for the third, forthcoming volume of the trilogy."--Mind

Warrant: A First Approximationp. 3
Proper Functionp. 4
The Design Planp. 11
Reliabilityp. 17
Warrant: Objections and Refinementsp. 21
The Design Planp. 21
Two Concluding Commentsp. 42
Exploring the Design Plan: Myself and My Pastp. 48
Knowledge of Myselfp. 48
Memoryp. 57
Other Persons and Testimonyp. 65
Other Personsp. 65
Testimonyp. 77
Perceptionp. 89
Perceptual Belief as Knowledgep. 89
Perceptual Experiencep. 91
Perceptual Beliefs as Basicp. 93
Perceptual Beliefs Formed on the Basis of Experiencep. 98
Nature, Nurture, and Perceptual Judgmentsp. 99
A Priori Knowledgep. 102
A Priori Knowledge Initially Characterizedp. 103
A Priori Knowledge Is Knowledgep. 108
Fallibilistic A Priorismp. 110
A Priori Knowledge and the Causal Requirementsp. 113
Why Propositions Cannot Be Concretep. 117
Back to the Causal Requirementp. 120
Inductionp. 122
The Old Riddle of Inductionp. 124
The New Riddle of Inductionp. 128
Epistemic Probability: Some Current Viewsp. 137
Epistemic Probability and Statistical Probabilityp. 139
Theories of Epistemic Probabilityp. 142
Epistemic Conditional Probability: The Sober Truthp. 159
The Two Faces of Epistemic Probabilityp. 159
An Account of the Normative Componentp. 165
Replies and Commentsp. 168
Coherence, Foundations, and Evidencep. 176
Coherence and Foundationsp. 177
Evidentialismp. 185
Naturalism versus Proper Function?p. 194
Naturalistic Analyses of Proper Functionp. 199
So What's a Poor Naturalist to Do?p. 211
Is Naturalism Irrational?p. 216
The Problemp. 216
Darwin's Doubtp. 219
A Preliminary Argument against Naturalismp. 228
The Main Argument Against Naturalismp. 229
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780195078640
ISBN-10: 0195078640
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 27th May 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.44  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.42