Judgment and Agency

Judgment and Agency

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Ernest Sosa extends his distinctive approach to epistemology, intertwining issues concerning the role of the will in judgment and belief with issues of epistemic evaluation. Questions about skepticism and the nature of knowledge are at the forefront. The answers defended are new in their explicit and sustained focus on judgment and epistemic agency. While noting that human knowledge trades on distinctive psychological capacities, Sosa also emphasizes the role of the
social in human knowledge. Basic animal knowledge is supplemented by a level of reflective knowledge focused on judgment, and a level of 'knowing full well' that is distinctive of the animal that is rational.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 15mm | 428g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0198801297
  • 9780198801290
  • 2,004,544

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Given Sosa's broad aim, his book covers a lot of ground. The discussions of particular issues will appeal to those interested in those particular topics, and the chapters, on the whole, are self-contained, some being reprints of earlier articles. But, throughout, one finds interconnected and re-emerging themes that are of central importance to all those interested in the nature of belief and knowledge, the nature and extent of epistemic agency, and philosophical
methodology. Having Sosa's carefully and forcefully argued views on these topics is most welcome. * Miriam Schleifer Mccormick, Mind * Judgment and Agency reads like a product of sustained, penetrating philosophical reflection by one of the great minds in the field, which, to my mind, is precisely what it is. * Jason Baehr, Philosophical Studies * Ernest Sosa's new book, Judgment and Agency, is a terrific piece of philosophizing. It develops Sosa's virtue epistemology well beyond his earlier work, and it sets it in a broader framework. * Hilary Kornblith, Philosophical Studies * This is a book one will want to return to many times. It is not breezy, easily digested philosophy. But it more than repays careful study. It is a major achievement for epistemology, a comprehensive and profound account of knowledge, informed by the history of the subject as well as by recent trends. * Matthew McGrath, The Philosophical Review * This book is both monumentally important and largely successful. * Ram Neta, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online * ...[A]n incredibly important work of contemporary epistemology.... not merely an incremental extension of Sosa's previous work.... a high-water mark as regards scholarship in this area. Anyone serious about epistemology ought to read this book. * Duncan Pritchard, The Journal of Philosophy * Judgement and Agency has all the virtues that we've come to expect from Sosa's work: it's insightful, undogmatic, sensitive to detail, and will inevitably leave the reader more informed than she was before. * Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Australasian Journal of Philosophy. * [Sosa] has written a book that no serious epistemologist can ignore, and in so doing has provided further evidencethat current discussions in virtue epistemology would not be at the high level of sophistication they currently are if not for his contributions. Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
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About Ernest Sosa

Ernest Sosa is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.
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