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Without Justification (MIT Press) Paperback – January 5, 2007
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Without Justification establishes Jonathan Sutton as an important new figure in epistemology and a leader in its current reorientation. He argues with vigor and originality for a knowledge-centered theory of justification, testimony, and inference that flies in the face of received opinion but grows ever more plausible the more one thinks about it.(Timothy Williamson, Oxford University)
Jonathan Sutton's thesis that justified belief is no more nor less than knowledge is a provocative but well-argued new departure for contemporary epistemology. Without Justification is full of clear and compelling arguments for a view neglected in modern epistemology but which recalls the doctrines of Socrates and Plato. These arguments will demand careful study from anyone with a serious interest in the theory of knowledge. Philosophers who have engaged with Timothy Williamson's Knowledge and Its Limits will find Sutton's book particularly stimulating.(Alexander Bird, University of Bristo)
While Timothy Williamson's slogan is 'Knowledge First', Jonathan Sutton's is 'Knowledge First and Last'. Sutton's slogan is shorthand for a view that bucks a central trend in modern epistemology: Sutton denies that there is a viable notion of justification that is distinct from the notion of knowledge itself. In arguing that we should do without a traditional notion of justification in doing epistemology, Sutton takes us through some fascinating case studies regarding testimony and inference. Without Justification is a lucid, elegant, and important work, one of the best books in recent epistemology.(Anthony Brueckner, University of California, Santa Barbara)
About the Author
Jonathan Sutton is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University.