New Essays on the A Priori

New Essays on the A Priori

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The topics of a priori knowledge and a priori justification have long played a prominent part in epistemology and the theory of meaning. Recently there has been a surge of interest in the proper explication of these notions. These newly commissioned essays, by a distinguished, international group of philosophers, will have a substantial influence on later work in this area. They discuss the relations of the a priori to meaning, justification, definition and ontology;
they consider the role of the notion in Leibniz, Kant, Frege and Wittgenstein; and they address its role in recent discussions in the philosophy of mind. Particular attention is also paid to the a priori in logic, science and mathematics. The authors exhibit a wide variety of approaches, some
remaining sceptical of the notion itself, some proposing that it receive a non-factualist treatment, and others proposing novel ways of explicating and defending it. The editors' Introduction provides a helpful route into the issues.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 492 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 26mm | 688g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199241279
  • 9780199241279
  • 1,223,934

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Helpful introduction ... The final paper to be considered, by Christopher Peacocke, is also the richest and most challenging ... truly essential reading for anyone with an interest in the a priori. * Mind * This book is like a box of chocolates: once you've looked at the contents page, you know exactly what you're going to get - but this does not mean that the pleasure of consumption is in any way diminished . * Australasian Journal of Philosophy * This is a book which almost all philosophers will want to own. The essays are of a very high standard, and they deal with matters of considerable philosophical importance. In almost every way, the editors - and authors - should be congratulated for the fine work which they have done. * Australasian Journal of Philosophy *
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