The Realm of Reason
By (author) Christopher Peacocke
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Realm of Reason by Christopher Peacocke
Book DescriptionThe Realm of Reason develops a new, general theory of what it is for a thinker to be entitled to form a given belief. The theory locates entitlement in the nexus of relations between truth, content, and understanding. Peacocke formulates three principles of rationalism that articulate this conception. The principles imply that all entitlement has a component that is justificationally independent of experience. The resulting position is thus a form of rationalism, generalized to all kinds of content. To show how these principles are realized in specific domains, Peacocke applies the theory in detail to several classical problems of philosophy, including the nature of perceptual entitlement, induction, and the status of moral thought. These discussions involve an elaboration of the structure of entitlement in ways that have applications in many other areas of philosophy. He also relates the theory to classical and recent rationalist thought, and to current issues in the theory of meaning, reference and explanation. In the course of these discussions, he proposes a general theory of the a priori. The focus of the work lies in the intersection of epistemology, metaphysics, and the theory of meaning, and will be of interest both to students and researchers in these areas, and to anyone concerned with the idea of rationality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199270736
(235mm x 158mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Peacocke
Mirror of the World, Paperback (April 2016)
Christopher Peacocke presents a new theory of subjects of consciousness, together with a theory of the nature of first person representation. He identifies three sorts of self-consciousness-perspectival, reflective, and interpersonal-and argues that they are key to explaining features of our knowledge, social relations, and emotional lives.
Truly Understood, Paperback (April 2010)
What is it to be able to think about the material world, about oneself, and about other people? Christopher Peacocke argues that our concepts are to be explained in terms of the conditions in which they refer to aspects of the world. Reference and truth are fundamental in understanding.
Realm of Reason, Hardback (November 2003)
Presents a manifesto for a rationalism in philosophy. This book develops a theory of what makes a thinker entitled to form a given belief. The theory is articulated in three principles of rationalism, which together imply that all entitlement has an element that is independent of experience.
New Essays on the a Priori, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Christopher Peacocke
Offers treatments on the topic of a priori, which is central to philosophical debate. This book examines its role in different areas of philosophical inquiry and also includes an editors' introduction. It is for those working on fundamental issues in epistemology or the philosophies of mind, language, logic, or mathematics.
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Author Biography - Christopher Peacocke
Christopher Peacocke is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
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