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Second Thoughts and the Epistemological Enterprise

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  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • What happens when we have second thoughts about the epistemic standing of our beliefs, when we stop to check on beliefs which we have already formed or hypotheses which we have under consideration? In the essays collected in this volume, Hilary Kornblith considers this and other questions about self-knowledge and the nature of human reason. The essays draw extensively on work in social psychology to illuminate traditional epistemological issues: in contrast with traditional Cartesian approaches to these issues, Kornblith engages with empirically motivated skeptical problems, and shows how they may be constructively addressed in practical and theoretical terms. As well as bringing together ten previously published essays, the volume contains two entirely new pieces that engage with ideas of self and rational nature. Kornblith's approach lays the foundations for further development in epistemology that will benefit from advances in our understanding of human psychology.

    • Collects key essays together for the first time, providing a holistic perspective on questions of human reason and self-knowledge
    • Draws on social psychology to illuminate traditional epistemological issues, making the book important for psychologists as well as philosophers
    • Presents examples of empirically motivated skeptical problems and shows how they are of theoretical and practical value
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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108597968
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Introspection and misdirection
    2. What is it like to be me?
    3. Distrusting reason
    4. The impurity of reason
    5. What reflective endorsement cannot do
    6. Belief in the face of controversy
    7. Naturalism vs. the first-person perspective
    8. Is there room for armchair theorizing in epistemology?
    9. The role of reasons in epistemology
    10. Doxastic justification is fundamental
    11. Our sense of self
    12. Our rational nature
    Index.

  • Author

    Hilary Kornblith, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Hilary Kornblith is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has written widely on topics in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and related areas, and is the author of Inductive Inference and Its Natural Ground (1995), Knowledge and Its Place in Nature (2002), On Reflection (2012), and A Naturalistic Epistemology: Selected Papers (2014).

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