In Defense of Pure Reason

In Defense of Pure Reason : A Rationalist Account of A Priori Justification

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This book is concerned with the alleged capacity of the human mind to arrive at beliefs and knowledge about the world on the basis of pure reason without any dependence on sensory experience. Most recent philosophers reject the view and argue that all substantive knowledge must be sensory in origin. Laurence BonJour provocatively reopens the debate by presenting the most comprehensive exposition and defence of the rationalist view that a priori insight is a genuine basis for knowledge. This important book will be at the centre of debate about the theory of knowledge for many years to come.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 139 x 214 x 17mm | 320g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521597455
  • 9780521597456
  • 1,172,949

Table of contents

1. Introduction: the problem of a priori justification; 2. In search of moderate empiricism; 3. Quine and radical empiricism; 4. A moderate rationalism; 5. Epistemological objections to rationalism; 6. Metaphysical objections to rationalism; 7. The justification of induction; Appendix: non-Euclidean geometry and relativity.
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'Although he has been thinking and writing about these issues for many years, the publication of his book is a part of a widespread resurgence of interest in rationalist ideas, from the foundations of logic, through epistemology to moral philosophy, and anyone interested in either the rationalism or the resurgence will need to read In Defense of Pure Reason.' The Times Literary Supplement
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