Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Reason Without Freedom by David Owens

We call beliefs reasonable or unreasonable, justified or unjustified. What does this imply about belief? Does this imply that we are responsible for our beliefs and that we should be blamed for our unreasonable convictions? Or does it imply that we are in control of our beliefs and that what we believe is up to us? "Reason Without Freedom" argues that the major problems of epistemology have their roots in concerns about our control over and responsibility for belief. David Owens focuses on the arguments of Descartes, Locke and Hume - the founders of epistemology - and presents a critical discussion of the current trends in contemporary epistemology. He proposes that the problems we confront today - scepticism, the analysis of knowlege, and debates on epistemic justification - can be tackled only once we have understood the moral psychology of belief. This can be resolved when we realise that our responsibility for beliefs is profoundly different from our rationality and agency, and that memory and testimony can preserve justified belief without preserving the evidence which might be used to justify it. "Reason Without Freedom" should be of value to those interested in contemporary epistemology, philosophy of mind and action, ethics, and the history of 17th and 18th century.

Buy Reason Without Freedom by David Owens from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780415223898
ISBN-10: 041522389X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Reason Without Freedom by David Owens

Book Reviews - Reason Without Freedom by David Owens

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Reason Without Freedom book by David Owens and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review