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Knowing Full Well

ISBN-10: 0691143978
ISBN-13: 9780691143972
Edition: 2011
Authors: Ernest Sosa
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Description: In this book, Ernest Sosa explains the nature of knowledge through an approach originated by him years ago, known as virtue epistemology. Here he provides the first comprehensive account of his views on epistemic normativity as a form of performance  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/2/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

In this book, Ernest Sosa explains the nature of knowledge through an approach originated by him years ago, known as virtue epistemology. Here he provides the first comprehensive account of his views on epistemic normativity as a form of performance normativity on two levels. On a first level is found the normativity of the apt performance, whose success manifests the performer's competence. On a higher level is found the normativity of the meta-apt performance, which manifests not necessarily first-order skill or competence but rather the reflective good judgment required for proper risk assessment. Sosa develops this bi-level account in multiple ways, by applying it to issues much disputed in recent epistemology: epistemic agency, how knowledge is normatively related to action, the knowledge norm of assertion, and theMenoproblem as to how knowledge exceeds merely true belief. A full chapter is devoted to how experience should be understood if it is to figure in the epistemic competence that must be manifest in the truth of any belief apt enough to constitute knowledge. Another takes up the epistemology of testimony from the performance-theoretic perspective. Two other chapters are dedicated to comparisons with ostensibly rival views, such as classical internalist foundationalism, a knowledge-first view, and attributor contextualism. The book concludes with a defense of the epistemic circularity inherent in meta-aptness and thereby in the full aptness of knowing full well.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Knowing Full Well
Epistemic Agency
Value Matters in Epistemology
Three Views of Human Knowledge
Contextualism
Propositional Experience
Knowledge: Instrumental and Testimonial
Epistemic Circularity
Summing Up
Index

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