Fear of Knowledge Against Relativism and Constructivism

ISBN-10: 0199230412

ISBN-13: 9780199230419

Edition: 2007

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Description: The idea that science is just one more way of knowing the world and that there are other, radically different, yet equally valid ways, has taken deep root in academia. In Fear of Knowledge, Paul Boghossian tears these relativist theories of knowledge to shreds. He argues forcefully for the intuitive, common-sense view--that the world exists independent of human opinion and that there is a way to arrive at beliefs about the world that are objectively reasonable and binding on anyone capable to appreciating the relevant evidence, regardless of their social or cultural perspective. "This is a book that can be read in an afternoon and thought about for a lifetime. His analysis is something of a tour de force: subtle and original enough to attract the attention of professional philosophers but accessible enough to be read by anyone with an interest in the subject. The result is one of the most readable works in philosophy in recent years." --Wall Street Journal

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 148
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction
The Social Construction of Knowledge
Constructing the Facts
Relativizing the Facts
Epistemic Relativism Defended
Epistemic Relativism Rejected
The Paradox Resolved
Epistemic Reasons and the Explanation of Belief
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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