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Among bankruptcy topics are:
- Descartes,
- A Priori
- the matter of Induction
- different Minds
- Quine
- Foundationalism V Coherentism

Very few works of Epistemology are intellectually obtainable to the philosophically unseasoned. This e-book is an exception to that rule. it is a pondering man's easy creation to epistemic matters, difficulties, and attainable strategies. it is a effective learn for college students without or with an avowed epistemic stance. BonJour doesn't vigorously implement his epistemic point of view at the uninformed, yet he discusses and as he writes "suggests" considerate and passable solutions. my very own epistemic province is sharply against the author's, however I luxuriate in trained and earnest and pensive deliberations on fact and data. i would fairly abstain from a sit-com than a great epistemic treatise equivalent to this one BonJour has rendered.

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Epistemology: Classic Problems and Contemporary Responses (Elements of Philosophy)

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For example, the bettor may have values at stake other than the official stake of the bet. Thus, we must exchange dollars for some notion of utility that reflects all of X's interests. 13 It remains to answer why X's fair betting quotients over various hypotheses should satisfy the axioms of the probability calculus. The spirit of the answer is that otherwise X's preferences over acts will have a self-defeating character. For example, if X prefers act a to act b, but also prefers b to a, then we can pump money from X by trading him a for b plus some money and then trading him b for a plus some money, etc.

Truth depends on the hypothesis and the state of the world, but since the scientist's actions affect the data, among other things, it also depends on the scientist's method. Thus, we will consider truth to be a fixed relation between possible worlds, scientific methods, and hypotheses (Fig. 11). 11 scientist's interaction with that reality, the data can in principle be the same for eternity whether or not the hypothesis in question is true (Fig. 12). In other words, there can be two possible worlds assigning opposite truth values to a given hypothesis such that the same data arises for eternity regardless which world is actual.

Philosophical discussions tend to run empirical realism and theoretical realism together under the heading of scientific realism. For my purposes, however, it is important to distinguish positions pertaining to different levels of underdetermination. Reliable Inquiry 27 Like the theoretical skeptic, the inductive skeptic ties inductive justification to logical reliability. This comes out very clearly in classical and medieval sources. For example, Sextus Empiricus presents the following statement of inductive skepticism: [The dogmatists] claim that the universal is established from the particulars by means of induction.

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