Belief and Knowledge

Belief and Knowledge : Mapping the Cognitive Landscape

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Contesting much contemporary epistemology and cognitive science, noted philosopher Kenneth M. Sayre argues that, while some cognitive attitudes such as believing take propositions as objects, there are many others (knowing, hoping, fearing, etc.) whose objects are instead states of affairs. Therefore, knowledge cannot be belief with other factors such as justification added, nor can hope and fear be relations a subject bears to neuronal brain states functioning as propositional representations. To support these claims Sayre undertakes a detailed exploration of belief and knowledge and traces the relations of cognitive attitudes to a network of related concepts like certainty, truth, representation, and intentionality. His findings not only challenge current orthodoxy but open new paths of research in epistemology and cognitive science.
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 148 x 228 x 18mm | 440g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0847684733
  • 9780847684731

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This is an ambitious, indeed an audacious, book . . . I do not know of another book of its scope or insight written in the past decade. It is a rare combination of systematic philosophy and ordinary language insights that conjures the diverse images of J. L. Austin and C. I. Lewis. -- Steven Horst, Wesleyan University This is a groundbreaking book. . . . it deserves the highest recommendation for all undergraduate and graduate collections. -- J. White, University of Maine * CHOICE, June 1998, Vol.35, No. 10 * The book is well-written and engaging. -- Sarah Sawyer, University of Kansas The product of more than 20 years of specialized work in philosophy and cognitive science, this is a groundbreaking book. * CHOICE *
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About Kenneth M. Sayre

Kenneth M. Sayre is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the author of fifteen previous books on subjects ranging from artificial intelligence to Platonic dialogues.
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