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Content and Justification: Philosophical Papers [Paperback]

Paul A. Boghossian
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November 15, 2008 0199292167 978-0199292165 0
Content and Justification presents a series of essays by Paul Boghossian on the theory of content and on its relation to the phenomenon of a priori knowledge. Part one comprises essays on the nature of rule-following and its relation to the problem of mental content; on the intelligibility of eliminativist views of the mental; on the prospects for a naturalistic reduction of mental content; and on the currently influential view that meaning is a normative notion. Part two includes three widely discussed papers on the phenomenon of self-knowledge and its compatibility with externalist conceptions of mental content. Part three concerns the classical, but ill-understood, phenomenon of knowledge that is based upon knowledge of meaning or conceptual competence. Finally, part four turns its attention from general issues about mental content to an account of a specific class of mental contents. It contains two widely discussed papers on the nature of color concepts and color properties.

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"Content and Justification is a wonderful collection that brings together fourteen of the more important essays Paul Boghossian has written over the past twenty years.... many of the essays contained in this volume have been incredibly influential and as each one of them repays careful study it is not hard to recommend this volume to philosophers interested in epistemology and the philosophy of mind or language.... the essays contained in this volume are all excellent, the older essays provide an excellent gateway into debates concerning thought content and self-knowledge, and the newer essays will surely generate literatures of their own in the near future."--Clayton Littlejohn, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Paul A. Boghossian gained his PhD from Princeton University in 1987. He is Silver Chair of Philosophy at New York University. His research interests are in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language and in epistemology. He is the author of numerous works on a variety of topics, including color, rule-following, eliminativism, naturalism, self-knowledge, a priori knowledge, analytic truth, realism, relativism, the aesthetics of music and the concept of genocide.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199292167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199292165
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reality of Reality December 25, 2009
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An essential antidote for the social construction of knowledge aka everyhing is relative crowd. Scientists and serious analytic philosphers agree, that although we may only be able to model reality, that reality exists and that reason is an indispensable tool to both ontological and ethical systems. Everyone's opinions are not equally valid - some are rational and some are not ie some are valid and some are not. By demonstrating the limits of social construction he provides the tools to demolish cultural relatvism so rampant in the social sciences.
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