9780199230419

Fear of Knowledge Against Relativism and Constructivism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199230419

  • ISBN10:

    0199230412

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/7/2007
  • Publisher: Clarendon Pr

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Summary

The idea that science is just one more way of knowing the world and that there are other, radically different, yet equally valid ways, has taken deep root in academia. In Fear of Knowledge, Paul Boghossian tears these relativist theories of knowledge to shreds. He argues forcefully for the intuitive, common-sense view--that the world exists independent of human opinion and that there is a way to arrive at beliefs about the world that are objectively reasonable to anyone capable of appreciating the relevant evidence, regardless of their social or cultural perspective. This short, lucid, witty book shows that philosophy provides rock-solid support for common sense against the relativists; it is provocative reading throughout the discipline and beyond.

Author Biography

Paul Boghossian is Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Social Construction of Knowledgep. 10
Constructing the Factsp. 25
Relativizing the Factsp. 42
Epistemic Relativism Defendedp. 58
Epistemic Relativism Rejectedp. 81
The Paradox Resolvedp. 95
Epistemic Reasons and the Explanation of Beliefp. 111
Epiloguep. 129
Bibliographyp. 132
Indexp. 137
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