A Priori Justification

A Priori Justification

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The topic of a priori knowledge has been central to analytic philosophy for the past two centuries. It was introduced by Kant in his seminal work Critique of Pure Reason and vigorously dismissed by Quine in Two Dogmas of Empiricism, resulting in an epistemological controversy that remains deeply divided to this day. Casullo's book, based on previously published and unpublished work, systematically addresses questions that have, since Kant, formed the core of the debate. One of his central claims is that the concept of a priori has not been well understood and that many of the apparent differences that underlie much of the contemporary debate are a result of these misunderstandings. Casullo's reformulation of this traditional debate is both original and persuasive, and should appeal to a wide range of philosophers who share an interest in epistemology.show more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 26mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195115058
  • 9780195115055

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Professor Casullo's goal in this noteworthy book is to provide "a systematic treatment of the primary epistemological issues associated with the a priori that is sensitive to recent developments in the field of epistemology". This he does admirably ... His treatment is not only systematic but almost exhaustive. Virtually every option is discussed patiently and dispassionately, with detailed attention to the existing literature, from Plato and Kant to Quine and BonJour. His accounts of the major issues regarding the nature, existence, and sources of a priori knowledge and justification are detailed, judicious, and penetrating. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * ... a welcome addition to the contemporary literature. I expect it to be the central work in the epistemology of the a priori for years to come. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * ... this is an excellent book, one that will, I believe, set the benchmark for treatments of a priori justification for years to come. * The Philosophical Quarterly * This book really is a paradigm example of clear analytical philosophy. Page by page one is struck by the precision of the language, the way in which each subtlety or nuance in our rather hazy concepts in this respect is drawn out for further examination and slotted back again into its proper place in the conceptual architecture. * The Philosophical Quarterly * Casullo offers a deep and comprehensive survey of the debate regarding a priori justification which would in itself be a valuable contribution to the literature even without the development of his own proposal, which emerges as the book proceeds. * The Philosophical Quarterly * Casullo's book is a must read for anyone who is interested in a priori knowledge. [It is]...one of the most important contributions to this topic. * Martin Grajner, Grazer Philosophische Studien *show more

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