Mainstream and Formal Epistemology

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November 2007



Provides an analysis of the meeting point between mainstream and formal theories of knowledge.


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Priming the pump; 3. Mainstream epistemology; 4. Counterfactual epistemology; 5. Contextual epistemology; 6. Logical epistemology; 7. Computational epistemology; 8. Modal operator epistemology; 9. 'Plethoric' epistemology; Bibliography.


Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is the author of many books, including The Convergence of Scientific Knowledge, Thought 2 Talk and Formal Philosophy. Editor in Chief of Synthese and Synthese Library, he is also the founder of OLOG, The Network for Philosophical Logic and its Applications.


'Mainstream and Formal Epistemology is a very timely tour de force, bringing together mainstream epistemology and the modern logic-computational tradition in knowledge, learning, and agency. Using the unifying concept of 'forcing', it presents a clear and impassioned analysis of both static and dynamic aspects of cognition. ... [T]he author shows us a highway for new contacts between philosophy and its broader intellectual environment.' Johann van Benthem, University of Amsterdam and Stanford University '... Vincent Hendricks has done the philosophical community a major service by bringing several such important lines of thought together and by trying to synthesize them.' Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University '... a highly recommendable meta-epistemological study, presenting a unifying perspective on approaches like mainstream epistemology, epistemic logic, and computational theories of knowledge.' Heinrich Wansing, Dresden University of Technology '... This is a genuinely interesting and challenging work of philosophy, one that will both define and substantially further the debate between philosophers from these two very different sides of the epistemic spectrum for many years to come.' Duncan Pritchard, University of Stirling 'This interesting and original book connects a diverse range of approaches to the theory of knowledge that are rarely considered together ... Whether or not he succeeds in his ambitious aim of defeating the skeptic, [Vincent Hendricks] illuminates the issues by finding some unifying themes, and by showing that these contrasting projects have something to say to each other.' Robert Stainaker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology '... Hendrick's book is a must read for both mainstream and formal epistemologists.' Franz Huber, California Institute of Technology 'I am sure that Hendricks' book will remain as an important point of reference for interdisciplinary discussion in this and related areas of inquiry for years to come.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews '... a major contribution to epistemology.' Peter Ohrstrom, Aalborg University '... I want to stress the breadth of coverage and the depth of analysis of Mainstream and Formal Epistemology. It is a very original contribution to epistemology, to epistemic logic and to the philosophy of logic.' Studia Logica 'Vincent Hendrick's book is an interesting and original attempt to bring together different traditions in epistemology. ... [a] stimulating and valuable book.' Bulletin of Symbolic Logic '... the book is clear, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and would make a good text for a course on formal epistemology ... formal methods serve to put into focus, sharpen, and suggest novel, philosophical questions. Hendricks' book is a very welcome reminder of this important methodological point.' British Journal for Philosophy of Science '[The book] can, due to its accessible style, serve as a textbook for an alternative introduction to epistemology, and, by using the criteria it proposes to compare formal and mainstream theories, as a guide for further exploiting formal methods in a philosophically engaging way.' Erkenntis
EAN: 9780521718981
ISBN: 0521718988
Untertitel: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2007
Seitenanzahl: 202 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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