Warrant and Proper Function

Warrant and Proper Function

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In this companion volume to Warrant: The Current Debate, Alvin Plantinga develops an original approach to the question of epistemic warrant; that is what turns true belief into knowledge. He argues that what is crucial to warrant is the proper functioning of one's cognitive faculties in the right kind of cognitive environment. Although this book is in some sense a sequel to its companion volume, the arguments do not presuppose those of the first book and it stands alone as a stimulating contribution to epistemology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 161.5 x 242.6 x 24.1mm | 632.01g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195078632
  • 9780195078633

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'Alvin Plantinga makes important contributions to a tradition of discussion which has dominated recent epistemology. Warrant: the Current Debate provides a critical survey of the most recent controbutions to American epistemology ... Plantinga discerns a pattern in their failure, and this is exploited in the second volume where he develops an original and important contribution of his own. Warrant and Proper Function undertakes to succeed where
Roderick Chisholm, John Pollock, Louis BonJour, Alvin Goldman and others have failed ... Plantinga's books will provide a focus for much future research in these areas, as well as providing invaluable reading for students taking courses in epistemology.'
Christopher Hookway, University of Birmingham, The Philosophical Quarterly, 1995 'There is much that is provocative and of great interest in this new book from Plantinga ... readers of the first two volumes will find much food for thought here, and will have their appetites whetted for the third, forthcoming volume of the trilogy.'
Evan Fales, University of Iowa, Mind, Vol. 103, No. 411, July 1994
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Here I must acknowledge a complication with respect to my way of thinking of warrant. I aim at something in the neighborhood of an analysis of warrant: an account or exploration of our concept of warrant, a concept nearly all of us have and regularly employ.
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