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Against Knowledge Closure

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  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474023

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  • Knowledge closure is the claim that, if an agent S knows P, recognizes that P implies Q, and believes Q because it is implied by P, then S knows Q. Closure is a pivotal epistemological principle that is widely endorsed by contemporary epistemologists. Against Knowledge Closure is the first book-length treatment of the issue and the most sustained argument for closure failure to date. Unlike most prior arguments for closure failure, Marc Alspector-Kelly's critique of closure does not presuppose any particular epistemological theory; his argument is, instead, intuitively compelling and applicable to a wide variety of epistemological views. His discussion ranges over much of the epistemological landscape, including skepticism, warrant, transmission and transmission failure, fallibilism, sensitivity, safety, evidentialism, reliabilism, contextualism, entitlement, circularity and bootstrapping, justification, and justification closure. As a result, the volume will be of interest to any epistemologist or student of epistemology and related subjects.

    • Marks the first book-length treatment of the important epistemic principle of knowledge closure, advancing our understanding of its wider relevance
    • Presents a new defense of closure failure which will enable readers to re-analyze contemporary epistemological positions
    • Written in non-technical language and without presupposing familiarity with the topic, making it accessible and insightful for all readers
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    'Marc Alspector-Kelly provides the most comprehensive treatment available of the much-debated topic of epistemic closure, and his own arguments are a valuable antidote to the current consensus in favor of closure. Henceforth, epistemologists who discuss closure will have to reckon with Alspector-Kelly's original and sophisticated case against this principle.' Peter Murphy, University of Indianapolis

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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474023
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Motivation, strategy, and definition
    2. Counterexamples
    3. Denying premise 1: Skepticism
    4. Denying premise 2: Warrant transmission
    5. Transmission, skepticism, and conditions of warrant
    6. Front-loading
    7. Denying premise 3: warrant for P as warrant for Q
    8. Denying premise 4: warrant by background information
    9. Denying premise 5: warrant by entitlement
    10. Abominable conjunctions, contextualism, and the spreading problem
    11. Bootstrapping, epistemic circularity, and justification closure.

  • Author

    Marc Alspector-Kelly, Western Michigan University
    Marc Alspector-Kelly is Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. His work in epistemology, the philosophy of science, and the history of analytic philosophy has been published in numerous leading journals including Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, and Philosophical Studies.

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