Empiricism and Experience

Empiricism and Experience

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Anil Gupta asks one of the key questions in philosophy: what is the contribution of experience of knowledge? Gupta develops an account of experience that allows it to inform knowledge while respecting two constraints - the contribution of experience to knowledge must be both rational and substantial. He says that these constraints cannot be met if we make the assumption that experience only aquaints us with partial truth about the world. Instead he uses tools from philosophical logic, specifically the logic of interdependent concepts, to show that a natural account of experience is available using the interdependence of views and perceptual judgements. In essence he argues for a reformed empiricism that embraces experience as conditional.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 218 x 222 x 12mm | 539.77g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195189582
  • 9780195189582

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The analytical apparatus [this book] develops is worked out in considerable detail and it is rich in engagements with key figures in the literature including Quine and Sellars. * Alan Millar, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * Empiricism and Experience develops an original, ambitious, and radical view of how experience, together with a background view, can justify perceptual beliefs. The theory is developed in a large-scale argument that is elaborated through the MS. The theory draws at crucial points on the author's (and Belnap's) theory of interdependent definitions. The issues addressed are absolutely fundamental issues in philosophy. The writing, as is to be expected from the author's previous contributions, is lucid, highly readable, and often witty. Many important insights, independent of the main argument, are developed along the way. The work also displays a broad historical perspective: it effectively locates the author's position in relation to classical empiricists, and to such twentieth-century figures as Davidson, Sellars and Quine. * Christopher Peacocke, Columbia University * How do our perceptual experiences serve as reasons for our beliefs about the world around us? Many philosophers have addressed this question, but Anil Gupta's profound, sophisticated, and imaginative new book raises the bar for all future discussion. It deserves to have an agenda-setting impact on the epistemology of perception. * Ram Neta, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill *show more

About Anil Gupta

Anil Gupta is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.show more

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