Epistemic Principles: A Primer for the Theory of Knowledge (American University Studies 228 New edition)

Epistemic Principles: A Primer for the Theory of Knowledge (American University Studies 228 New edition)

By: Nicholas Rescher (author)Hardback

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Epistemic Principles: A Primer of the Theory of Knowledge presents a compact account of the basic principles of the theory of knowledge. In doing this, Nicholas Rescher aims to fill the current gap in contemporary philosophical theory of knowledge with a comprehensive analysis of epistemological fundamentals. The book is not a mere inventory of such rules and principles, but rather interweaves them into a continuous exposition of basic issues. Written at a user-friendly and accessible level, Epistemic Principles is an essential addition for both advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in epistemology.

About Author

Nicholas Rescher is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh where he has also served as Chairman of the Philosophy Department and Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science. He is the recipient of eight honorary degrees from universities on three continents. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Humanistic Scholarship in 1984, the Belgian Prix Mercier in 2005, the Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in 2007, the Founder's Medal of the Metaphysical Society of America in 2016, and the Helmholtz Medal of the Germany Academy of Sciences (Berlin/Brandenburg) in 2016. In 2011 he received the premier cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse) of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of contributions to philosophy. Fourteen books about Rescher's philosophy have been published in five languages and ten doctoral dissertations have been dedicated to his work.


Preface - Introduction - Principles - Questions - Ideas - Principles of Truth and Acceptance - Presumption as a Pathway to Plausibility - Conjecture and the Move from Mere Plausibility and Presumption to Acceptance - Plausibility Conflicts and Paradox - From Conjecture to Belief and from Belief to Knowledge - The Epistemic Gap and Grades of Acceptance - Cognitive Thresholds - Imprecision - Intuitive Knowledge - Experience and Induction - Distributive vs. Collective Explanation - Cognitive Importance - Problems of Prediction - Error and Cognitive Risk - Problems of Skepticism - Trust - Common Sense - How Science Works - Scientific Realism and Its Problems - The Anthomorphic Contextuality of Science - Ignorance and Limits of Knowledge - On Systemic "Best Fit" Reasoning - Inference from the Best Systematization - The Cyclic Unity of Reason - Fact, Fiction, and Functional Surrogacy - A Pragmatic Coda - Bibliography - Name Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781433135477
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 172
  • ID: 9781433135477
  • weight: 370
  • ISBN10: 1433135477
  • edition: New edition

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