A Priori Justification

A Priori Justification

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The major divide in contemporary epistemology is between those who embrace and those who reject a priori knowledge. Albert Casullo provides a systematic treatment of the primary epistemological issues associated with the controversy. By freeing the a priori from traditional assumptions about the nature of knowledge and justification, he offers a novel approach to resolving these issues which assigns a prominent role to empirical evidence. He concludes by arguing that traditional approaches to the a priori, which focus primarily on the concepts of necessity and analyticity, are misguided.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 24mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195304187
  • 9780195304183
  • 902,706

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The arrival of Casullo's book is. . .a welcome addition to the contemporary literature. . . .detailed, judicious, and penetrating . . . I expect it to be the central work in the epistemology of the a priori for years to come. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews" * I expect this book to be the central work in the epistemology of the a priori for years to come. It provides detailed, penetrating, and judicious discussions of the major theses and arguments about the nature, possibility, and objects of a priori knowledge and justification. Casullo resolutely defends his own sophisticated and highly original view- version of externalism/reliabilism * but he also carefully takes into account what others have done, from Plato and Kant to Quine and BonJour. * An excellent treatise on a priori knowledge, based on longstanding expertise. It lucidly displays the problematic and thoroughly explores main options. An important contribution to the field, and a fine text for epistemology seminars and courses." Ernest Sosa, Brown University 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. ...an excellent book, on that will, I believe, set the benchmark for treatments of a priori justification for years to come. * The Philosophical Quarterly * I recommend careful study of Casullo's book to anyone interested in the epistemology of the a priori. * Mind * I have little doubt that the book will set the standard for discussions of the a priori within externalist epistemology for decades to come. * International Philosophical Quarterly *show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; Part I: What is A Priori Knowledge? ; Part II: Is There A Priori Knowledge? ; Part III: What Are the Relationships? ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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