Knowledge and the Known

Knowledge and the Known : Historical Perspectives in Epistemology

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A word of warning concerning the aims of this volume is in order. Other- wise some readers might be unpleasantly surprised by the fact that two of the chapters of an ostensibly historical book are largely topical rather than historical. They are Chapters 7 and 9, respectively entitled 'Are Logical Truths Analytic?' and 'A Priori Truths and Things-In-Them- selves'. Moreover, the history dealt with in Chapter 11 is so recent as to have more critical than antiquarian interest. This mixture of materials may seem all the more surprising as I shall myself criticize (in Chapter I) too facile assimilations of earlier thinkers' concepts and problems to later ones. There is no inconsistency here, it seems to me. The aims of the present volume are historical, and for that very purpose, for the purpose of understanding and evaluating earlier thinkers it is vital to know the conceptual landscape in which they were moving. A crude analogy may be helpful here. No military historian can afford to neglect the topo- graphy of the battles he is studying. If he does not know in some detail what kind of pass Thermopylae is or on what sort of ridge the battle of Bussaco was fought, he has no business of discussing these battles, even if this topographical information alone does not yet amount to historical knowledge.
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  • Paperback | 255 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 13.97mm | 403g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
  • 255 p.
  • 9401022194
  • 9789401022194
  • 1,858,818

Table of contents

1 / Knowledge and Its Objects in Plato.- 2/ Plato on Knowing How, Knowing That, and Knowing What.- 3 / Time, Truth, and Knowledge in Aristotle and Other Greek Philosophers.- 4/ Practical vs. Theoretical Reason - An Ambiguous Legacy.- 5/ `Cogito, Ergo Sum' : Inference or Performance ? 98.- 6/ Kant's `New Method of Thought' and His Theory of Mathematics.- 7/ Are Logical Truths Analytic ?.- 8/ Kant on the Mathematical Method.- 9 / A Priori Truths and Things-In-Themselves.- 10 / `Dinge an sich' Revisited.- 11 /Knowledge by Acquaintance - Individuation by Acquaintance.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.
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About Jaakko Hintikka

Jaakko Hintikka is the author or co-author of thirty volumes and of some 300 scholarly articles in mathematical and philosophical logic, epistemology, language theory, philosophy of science, history of ideas and history of philosophy, including Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Peirce, The Bloomsbury Group, Husserl and Wittgenstein. He has also been active in international scholarly organizations, most recently as the First Vice-President of FISP, Vice-President of IIP and Co-Chair of the American Organizing Committee of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Synthese and the Managing Editor of Synthese Library since 1965.
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