1st Edition

A Priori





ISBN 9781844652853
Published October 30, 2011 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

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 As a priori knowledge has moved centre stage, the literature remains either too technical or too out of date to make up a reasonable component of an undergraduate course.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

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Biography

Edwin Mares is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His books include Realism and Anti-Realism (2007).