Confusion by Joseph L. Camp
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Confusion by Joseph L. Camp

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Everyone has mistaken one thing for another, such as a stranger for an acquaintance. A person who has mistaken two things, Joseph Camp argues, even on a massive scale, is still capable of logical thought. In order to make that idea precise, one needs a logic of confused thought that is blind to the distinction between the objects that have been confused. Confused thought and language cannot be characterized as true or false even though reasoning conducted in such language can be classified as valid or invalid.To the extent that philosophers have addressed this issue at all, they take it for granted that confusion is a kind of ambiguity. Camp rejects this notion; his fundamental claim is that confusion is not a mental state. To attribute confusion to someone is to take up a paternalistic stance in evaluating his reasoning. Camp proposes a novel characterization of confusion, and then demonstrates its fruitfulness with several applications in the history of philosophy and the history of science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674015913
ISBN-10: 0674015916
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 144mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Epistemology of a Priori Knowledge by Joseph L. Camp Epistemology of a Priori Knowledge, Hardback (September 2005)

Though she had wide-ranging interests during her career, Tamara Horowitz was mostly concerned with what can be known as priori. She argued against too much confidence in philosophical intuition and argued for a naturalist scientific approach. This work collects her articles.

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Author Biography - Joseph L. Camp

Joseph L. Camp, Jr. is Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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