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Knowing and Checking

An Epistemological Investigation, 1st Edition

By Guido Melchior


278 pages

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Checking is a very common concept for describing a subject’s epistemic goals and actions. Surprisingly, there has been no philosophical attention paid to the notion of checking. This is the first book to develop a comprehensive epistemic theory of checking. The author argues that sensitivity is necessary for checking but not for knowing, thereby finding a new home for the much discussed modal sensitivity principle. He then uses the distinction between checking and knowing to explain central puzzles about knowledge, particularly those concerning knowledge closure, bootstrapping and the skeptical puzzle. Knowing and Checking: An Epistemological Investigation will be of interest to epistemologists and other philosophers looking for a general theory of checking and testing or for new solutions to central epistemological problems.

Table of Contents

Part I: Checking

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Methodological Approach

Chapter 2: Modal Knowledge Accounts

Chapter 3: SAC: A Sensitivity Account of Checking

Chapter 4: Checking, Alternatives, and Discrimination

Chapter 5: Checking, Inferences, and Necessities

Part II: Checking and Knowledge Puzzles

Chapter 6: SAC and Knowledge Puzzles

Chapter 7: Checking and Bootstrapping

Chapter 8: SAC and the Skeptical Puzzle

About the Author

Guido Melchior is Privatdozent and project leader at the University of Graz and recurring visiting scholar at the University of Arizona. He has previously published in Philosophical Studies, Erkenntnis, and Episteme among other journals.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Epistemology

The Routledge Studies in Epistemology series features monographs and edited collections on cutting-edge research topics in contemporary epistemology. It includes both new arguments on hot topics and new angles and innovative takes on established epistemological subjects. The series spans all areas of epistemology, including emerging issues in applied and social epistemology. It is a leading resource for scholars and graduate students looking for the newest and most important developments in epistemology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology