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Understanding Empiricism

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ISBN-13: 978-1844650590
ISBN-10: 1844650596
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"I would definitely recommend this book to my undergraduate students. It will be a welcome addition to the introductory literature on empiricism, filling a gap between the books which are very heavy on Locke, Berkeley, Hume scholarship, and books that focus purely on contemporary epistemology." Graham Stevens, University of Manchester"

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Robert G. Meyers is Professor of Philosophy at the University at Albany, SUNY. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844650596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844650590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luca Graziuso and Marina Ross on December 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
The merits of this introduction outreach the scope of the labors. Robert Meyers' impassioned account of empiricism takes as a starting point the classic disputations of the three most widely regarded Empiricist of the 17th century to define a field that today seems to be blending with rationalism and scientific indulgence at a steady pace. The author is unruffled and undaunted by the metaphysical disguise that has bewildered many impostors of the theoretical claim that "knowledge is derivative of experience alone", and in choosing Berkley, Locke and Hume draws boundaries to survey a field in its inception free of the programmatic and foundational standards adopted today. In turns of wit, ironic flair and perverse clarity Dr Meyers deigns to discuss what seems to be devoid of any dogmatic intention with the prudence of a skeptic and the joy of a child amidst the wonder of it all. It is this unprecedented talent which ignites the series of essays herein divulged, for they move through a labyrinth of philosophical quandaries with the sensibility of a Socratic inspection and the sure footing of a sage.

In a succinct and lucid prose this work seeks to simplify how knowledge claims are validated, confirmed and supported by evidence, thereby assumed to be "real knowledge". Dr. Meyers informs from the onset that: "Real existence can be proved only by real existence, and our only evidence for this is experience, that is, external perception of things outside us, and internal perception of our own existence and the workings of our mind.
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