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Acceptable Premises

Acceptable Premises
An Epistemic Approach to an Informal Logic Problem

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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521833011

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  • When, if ever, is one justified in accepting the premises of an argument? What is the proper criterion of premise acceptability? Providing a comprehensive theory of premise acceptability, this book answers these questions from an epistemological approach that the author calls "common sense foundationalism". His work will be of interest to specialists in informal logic, critical thinking and argumentation theory as well as to a broader range of philosophers and those teaching rhetoric.

    • First book to provide a comprehensive theory of premise acceptability
    • Will have crossover appeal in philosophy, rhetoric and communication studies
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    "..fine book...A particular merit of his foundationalism is its important contribution to epistemology of ethics... -David Hitchcock, McMaster University, Philosophical Inquiry.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521833011
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.664kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Acceptability: Dialectical and Epistemological Considerations:
    1. Why do we need a theory of acceptability?
    2. Acceptability and presumption
    3. Factors determining presumption: basic considerations
    4. Epistemological considerations: acceptability, deontology, internalism, justification
    Part II. Statements, Belief-Generating Mechanisms, and Presumptive Reliability:
    5. What types of statements are there?
    6. Necessary statements and a priori intuition
    7. Descriptions and their belief-generating mechanisms
    8. Interpretations and their modes of intuition
    9. Evaluations and the moral faculties
    10. Taking one's word: the interpersonal belief-generating mechanism
    Part III. Practice and Perspective:
    11. An outline of the practice of epistemic causistry
    12. Theoretical considerations: a common sense foundationalism.

  • Author

    James B. Freeman, Hunter College, City University of New York
    James B. Freeman is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

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