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The Sensitivity Principle in Epistemology

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Kelly Becker, Tim Black, Peter Baumann, Peter Murphy, Sanford Goldberg, Lars Bo Gundersen, Jonathan Kvanvig, Jonathan Vogel, Peter Klein, Duncan Pritchard, John Greco, Steven Luper, Anthony Brueckner, Sherrilyn Roush
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107004238

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  • The sensitivity principle is a compelling idea in epistemology and is typically characterized as a necessary condition for knowledge. This collection of thirteen new essays constitutes a state-of-the-art discussion of this important principle. Some of the essays build on and strengthen sensitivity-based accounts of knowledge and offer novel defences of those accounts. Others present original objections to sensitivity-based accounts (objections that must be taken seriously even by those who defend enhanced versions of sensitivity) and offer comprehensive analysis and discussion of sensitivity's virtues and problems. The resulting collection will stimulate new debate about the sensitivity principle and will be of great interest and value to scholars and advanced students of epistemology.

    • Contains comprehensive analysis and discussion of sensitivity's virtues and problems
    • Includes development and critical discussion of descendants of sensitivity, including safety and non-counterfactual interpretations of the original sensitivity principle
    • Provides several distinct approaches and responses to the concern that sensitivity violates the principle that knowledge is closed under known entailment
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this volume is well worth the read for both friends and foes of sensitivity."
    --Marc Alspector-Kelly, Western Michigan University, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

    "Becker and Black present state-of-the-art thinking about “sensitivity,” a principle typically characterized as a necessary condition for knowledge.... strongly recommend this book to anyone who has had an interest in studying the sensitivity principle in epistemology."
    ---George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in, Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, Review of Contemporary Philosophy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107004238
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The resilience of sensitivity Kelly Becker and Tim Black
    Part I. Defenses, Applications, Explications:
    2. Nozick's defense of closure Peter Baumann
    3. Sensitivity meets explanation: an improved counterfactual condition on knowledge Peter Murphy and Tim Black
    4. Sensitivity from others Sanford Goldberg
    5. Knowledge, cognitive dispositions and conditionals Lars Bo Gundersen
    6. Methods and how to individuate them Kelly Becker
    Part II. Criticism:
    7. Truth-tracking and the value of knowledge Jonathan Kvanvig
    8. The enduring trouble with tracking Jonathan Vogel
    9. What makes knowledge the most highly prized form of true belief? Peter Klein
    Part III. In Favor of Safety over Sensitivity:
    10. In defence of modest anti-luck epistemology Duncan Pritchard
    11. Better safe than sensitive John Greco
    12. False negatives Steven Luper
    Part IV. Sensitivity without Subjunctives:
    13. Roush on knowledge: tracking redux Anthony Brueckner
    14. Sensitivity and closure Sherrilyn Roush.

  • Editors

    Kelly Becker, University of New Mexico
    Kelly Becker is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Epistemology Modalized (2007).

    Tim Black, California State University, Northridge
    Tim Black is an Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge.


    Kelly Becker, Tim Black, Peter Baumann, Peter Murphy, Sanford Goldberg, Lars Bo Gundersen, Jonathan Kvanvig, Jonathan Vogel, Peter Klein, Duncan Pritchard, John Greco, Steven Luper, Anthony Brueckner, Sherrilyn Roush

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