- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; y First edition edition (May 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844650596
- ISBN-13: 978-1844650590
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
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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."
All the more here we find an uncompromising understanding that the theory of knowledge, if empirical through and through, must avoid any non-deductive inference and do away with any such notions of innate, intuitive, transcendental, or worst yet, divine prescriptions. It is with such facile disregard for the more cumbersome expositions forwarded by the likes of Carnap, Quine and Searle that this purview ranges the topic, entrusting its integrity with unburdened elucidations.
The philosophical clarity evinced in this gem is as sharp and clear as a diamond and cuts through most synthetic strains or systematic glosses while offering an overview of the debates of three thinkers who made epistemology a category free of matrices that rest on faith or mystical concepts.
Dr. Meyers is well aware that logical principles are universal principles that cannot be known by observation alone, a conundrum first introduced by Hume's vicious circle of "using induction to justify induction", yet he valiantly steers clear of such a vogue reluctant to experiment with critical junctures that smack of the pseudo-empiricist phenomenology of the day. Irrespective he does not ignore the difficulties inherent in the trade, and he is careful to give them due space without being reductive of its import. Understanding Empiricism is indelibly professed with semantic clarity, effortlessly argued with sustained attention to the paradoxes of naturalizing induction; furthermore Dr. Meyers avoids the pitfalls committed all too often by others who've introduced the topic only to impose a conceptual agenda by the by.
Humble, and inspiring, we have here a manual that refuses to integrate doxological views and opens a venue where philosophy may breathe free of the stench of less virtuous inquiries. For example when discussing the notion of a priori, the study delves into the subject without administering metaphorical persuasions. "The concept of necessity, possibility and impossibility are modal notions that are metaphysical concepts (since they describe kinds of truths), while the concept of analyticity is semantic (since it rests on the notion of meaning). The concept of a priori is epistemological. In its primary sense, it does not apply to propositions at all, but to how they are justified or known."
This brand of writing allows for the "introduction" to disentangle the impasses that are created by a school in decline, confused and too overcome with a sense of purpose. This elegant treatise is the best piece of writing to come out of the US since George Santayana. Here we find a modern day jester, merciless in his exposition, devoid of ornery opinions (à la Russell), fully engaged in a focused discussion on what is and not what might be, what ought to be, or how to be.
This title is so full of insights ranging from Hume's skepticism to Locke's critique of innate ideas, to Berkley's idealism, to Sellars' critique of foundationalism that it demands multiple readings, preferably savored alongside a glass of some good British port wine. Cheers.