In recent years many influential philosophers have advocated that philosophy is an a priori science. Yet very few epistemology textbooks discuss a priori knowledge at any length, focusing instead on empirical knowledge and empirical justification. As a priori knowledge has moved centre stage, the literature remains either too technical or too out of date to make up a reasonable component of an undergraduate course. Edwin Mares book aims to rectify this. This book seeks to make accessible to students the standard topics and current debates within a priori knowledge, including necessity and certainty, rationalism, empiricism and analyticity, Quine's attack on the a priori, Kantianism, Aristotelianism, mathematical knowledge, moral knowledge, logical knowledge and philosophical knowledge.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Necessity and Certainty 3. Rationalism and Self-Evidence 4. Nativism 5. Analyticity 6. Radical Empiricism 7. Kantianism 8. Aristotelianism 9. Moral Knowledge 10. Logical Knowledge 11. Mathematical Knowledge 12. Modality 13. Scorecard
Edwin Mares is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His books include Realism and Anti-Realism (2007).