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Reliable Knowledge and Social Epistemology: Essays on the Philosophy of Alvin Goldman and Replies by Goldman.


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This special issue documents the results of a workshop on and with Alvin Goldman at the University of Dsseldorf in May, 2008. The topic was Reliable Knowledge and Social Epistemology. The volume contains the written versions of all papers given at the workshop, divided into five chapters and followed by Alvin Goldman's replies in the sixth and final chapter. The contributions of the first chapter (E. Brendel, C. Jger, and G. Schurz) address general questions of social epistemology, veritism and externalism, including critical reflections on Goldman's notion of 'weak knowledge'. The subsequent chapter (T. Grundmann and P. Baumann) examines problems which are involved in the search for an adequate explication of reliabilism. In the third chapter, E. Olsson, J. Horvath, C. Piller and M. Werning discuss Goldman and Olsson's account of the problem of the value of knowledge. In the fourth chapter (M. Baurmann & G. Brennan, and O. Scholz) two specific aspects of the social dimension of knowledge are investigated: the relation between knowledge and democracy as well as the definition and recognition of expertise. The fifth chapter (A. Newen & T. Schicht) discusses another part of Goldman's cognitive epistemology, namely his simulation theory of mindreading. Goldman gives detailed replies to all parts of the papers in the final chapter. He thereby clarifies the many aspects of his philosophy and proposes amendments of earlier positions of his.

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The originating workshop was held in May 2008 at the University of Düsseldort, and these proceedings contain written versions of the 12 papers that were delivered, along with a transcript of the response by Goldman, who was also there. They cover veritism, externalism, strong versus weak knowledge; problems of reliabilism; the value of knowledge; the problem of social knowledge; and understanding other minds. Specific topics include truth and weak knowledge in Goldman's veritistic social epistemology, reliabilism and the problem of defeaters, why the conditional probability solution to the swamping problem fails, the voter's epistemic trust in democracy, and a criticism of his simulation theory and an outline of the person model theory. There is no index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Schurz, Gerhard
Werning, Markus
Philosophy : General
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5.98x9.01x.68 in. .99 lbs.

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