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Sources of knowledge : on the concept of a rational capacity for knowledge
Kern, Andrea, author
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017
Introduction: "But we can always err!" -- Part 1. Knowledge and reason -- I. Finite knowledge -- Who are "we"?: a Kantian answer -- Knowledge from the standpoint of reason -- The dogma: justification without truth -- The puzzle: truth-guaranteeing grounds -- II. Finite justification -- Agrippa's trilemma -- Two answers to Agrippa's trilemma -- The category of a truth-guaranteeing ground -- Are we familiar with grounds belonging to this category? -- The role of perceptual grounds -- Part 2. The primacy of knowledge -- III. Doubting knowledge -- Objectivity and the possibility of error -- The paradox of knowledge -- Is philosophy necessarily skeptical? -- IV. The dilemma of epistemology -- The general redemption strategy: less is more! -- The internalist variant -- The externalist variant -- The paradox returns -- V. What are grounds? -- The rigorous reading: Hume and Kant -- Grounds and facts -- A transcendental argument -- Causality or normativity: a false dichotomy -- The primacy of knowledge -- Part 3. The nature of knowledge -- VI. Rational capacities -- The category of a rational capacity -- Rational capacities as constitutive unities -- Habits and regulative rules -- The normativity of rational capacities -- Aristotle's conception of a dynamis meta logou -- Rational capacities as self-conscious, normative explanations -- VII. Rational capacities for knowledge -- Knowledge as rational capacity -- Knowledge of the explanation of knowledge -- Knowledge as self-conscious actualization of a norm -- Knowledge and non-accidentality -- VIII. Rational capacities and circumstances -- The asymmetry of knowledge and error -- Favorable and unfavorable circumstances -- Fallible capacities and knowledge -- Doxastic responsibility and knowledge -- Part 4. The teleology of knowledge -- IX. The teleology of capacities -- Virtue epistemology and "epistemic capacities": a critique -- Capacities as a species of teleological causality: a Kantian approach -- Kant's refutation of the idea of an "implanted subjective disposition" -- Knowledge as a self-constituting capacity -- X. Knowledge and practice -- Rational capacities and practice -- How does one acquire a rational capacity fo knowledge? -- Knowledge and objectivity -- Skepticism and philosophy.

How can human beings, who are liable to error, possess knowledge? The skeptic finds this question impossible to answer. If we can err, then it seems the grounds on which we believe do not rule out that we are wrong. Most contemporary epistemologists agree with the skeptic that we can never believe on grounds that exclude error. Sources of Knowledge moves beyond this predicament by demonstrating that some major problems of contemporary philosophy have their roots in the lack of a metaphysical category that is fundamental to our self-understanding: the category of a rational capacity for knowledge. The author argues that we can disarm skeptical doubt by conceiving knowledge as an act of a rational capacity. This enables us to appreciate human fallibility without falling into skepticism, for it allows us to understand how we can form beliefs about the world on grounds that exclude error. Knowledge is a fundamental capacity of the human mind. Human beings, as such, are knowers. In this way, the book seeks to understand knowledge from within our self-understanding as knowers. It develops a metaphysics of the human mind as existing through knowledge of itself, which knowledge--as the human being is finite--takes the form of a capacity. Regaining the concept of a rational capacity for knowledge, Kern makes a powerful and original contribution to philosophy that reinvigorates the tradition of Aristotle and Kant--thinkers whose relevance for contemporary epistemology has yet to be fully appreciated.--
Baker Berry BD181 .K3913 2017

SpaceTime of the imperial
edited by Holt Meyer, Susanne Rau, Katharina Waldner
Berlin : De Gruyter Oldenbourg, [2017]
Baker Berry BD632 .S63 2017

What love is : and what it could be
Jenkins, Carrie, author
New York : Basic Books, [2017]
Love is biology -- Love is society -- Gems at the garage sale : philosophers on love -- Love is as love does : love's dual nature -- Under construction : love's changing role -- What needs to change -- It's love, Jim, but not as we know it : the future (via the past).

A philosopher offers her new theory on the nature of romantic love that brings together its humanistic and scientific components and explains how our acceptance of non-traditional relationships - including homosexual, interracial and non-monogamous ones - will continue to evolve in the future.--Publisher's description.
Baker Berry BD436 .J46 2017

The long shadow of the parafinite : three scenes from the prehistory of a concept
Bassler, O. Bradley, author
Boston, Massachusetts : Docent Press, [2015]
Baker Berry BD411 .B384 2015

India and the Unthinkable : backwaters collective on metaphysics and politics I
edited by Vinay Lal, Roby Rajan
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
Baker Berry BD111 .I42 2016

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