From Library Journal
Following the (later) Wittgenstein's injunction to look at how our words are actually and ordinarily used, Ebbs (philosophy, Univ. of Pennsylvania) bases his investigation of central issues in epistemology and metaphysics on the "participant perspective" of our shared linguistic practices. His analysis of how we actually ascribe meanings, evaluate assertions, and resolve disputes leads him to challenge much that is currently accepted in linguistic analysis. His main foils are Saul Kripke, W.V.O. Quine, Hilary Putnam, and Tyler Burge, whose arguments he reconstructs and then counters point by point. Judging from his own position, he concludes that skepticism is unwarranted and that metaphysical realism and scientific naturalism are unfounded. While tightly argued, this will be largely inaccessible to nonphilosophers.?Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Mgt. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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About the Author
Gary Ebbs is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.