Knowledge and Its Place in Nature
By (author) Hilary Kornblith
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Knowledge and Its Place in Nature by Hilary Kornblith
Book DescriptionPhilosophers have traditionally used conceptual analysis to investigate knowledge. Hilary Kornblith argues that this is misguided: it is not the concept of knowledge that we should be investigating, but knowledge itself, a robust natural phenomenon, suitable for scientific study. Cognitive ethologists not only attribute intentional states to non-human animals, they also speak of such animals as having knowledge; and this talk of knowledge does causal and explanatory work within their theories. The account of knowledge which emerges from this literature is a version of reliabilism: knowledge is reliably produced true belief. This account of knowledge is not meant merely to provide an elucidation of an important scientific category. Rather, Kornblith argues that knowledge, in this very sense, is what philosophers have been talking about all along. Rival accounts are examined in detail and it is argued that they are inadequate to the phenomenon of knowledge (even of human knowledge). One traditional objection to this sort of naturalistic approach to epistemology is that, in providing a descriptive account of the nature of important epistemic categories, it must inevitably deprive these categories of their normative force. But Kornblith argues that a proper account of epistemic normativity flows directly from the account of knowledge which is found in cognitive ethology. Knowledge may be properly understood as a real feature of the world which makes normative demands upon us. This controversial and refreshingly original book offers philosophers a new way to do epistemology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199246311
(210mm x 142mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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On Reflection, Paperback (September 2014)
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Goldman and His Critics, Paperback (July 2013)
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Knowledge and its Place in Nature, Paperback (October 2004)» View all books by Hilary Kornblith
Hilary Kornblith rejects the method by which philosophers have traditionally investigated knowledge--conceptual analysis--in favour of a naturalistic approach. He offers an account of knowledge derived from the science of animal behaviour, and defends this against its philosophical rivals.
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Author Biography - Hilary Kornblith
Hilary Kornblith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont.
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