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When, if ever, is one justified in accepting the premises of an argument? What is the proper criterion of premise acceptability? Providing a comprehensive theory of premise acceptability, this book answers these questions from an epistemological approach that the author calls "common sense foundationalism". His work will be of interest to specialists in informal logic, critical thinking and argumentation theory as well as to a broader range of philosophers and those teaching rhetoric.Read more
- First book to provide a comprehensive theory of premise acceptability
- Will have crossover appeal in philosophy, rhetoric and communication studies
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"..fine book...A particular merit of his foundationalism is its breath....an important contribution to epistemology of ethics... -David Hitchcock, McMaster University, Philosophical Inquiry.
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- Date Published: December 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521540605
- length: 416 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 154 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.555kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Acceptability: Dialectical and Epistemological Considerations:
1. Why do we need a theory of acceptability?
2. Acceptability and presumption
3. Factors determining presumption: basic considerations
4. Epistemological considerations: acceptability, deontology, internalism, justification
Part II. Statements, Belief-Generating Mechanisms, and Presumptive Reliability:
5. What types of statements are there?
6. Necessary statements and a priori intuition
7. Descriptions and their belief-generating mechanisms
8. Interpretations and their modes of intuition
9. Evaluations and the moral faculties
10. Taking one's word: the interpersonal belief-generating mechanism
Part III. Practice and Perspective:
11. An outline of the practice of epistemic causistry
12. Theoretical considerations: a common sense foundationalism.
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