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Knowing and Checking
An Epistemological Investigation

ISBN 9780367141127
Published May 2, 2019 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.