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Warrant and proper function

Warrant and proper function

Author: Alvin Plantinga
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Series: Gifford lectures in natural theology, 1987-1988.
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In this companion volume to Warrant : the Current Debate, Alvin Plantinga develops an original approach to the question of epistemic warrant; that is, what turns true belief into knowledge. He argues that what is crucial to warrant is the proper functioning of one's cognitive faculties in the right kind of cognitive environment. He begins by examining the notion of proper function and its colleagues: purpose,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alvin Plantinga
ISBN: 0195078632 9780195078633 0195078640 9780195078640
OCLC Number: 25628862
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 243 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Warrant: A First Approximation --
Proper Function --
The Design Plan --
Reliability --
Warrant: Objections and Refinements --
The Design Plan --
Two Concluding Comments --
Exploring the Design Plan: Myself and My Past --
Knowledge of Myself --
Memory --
Other Persons and Testimony --
Other Persons --
Testimony --
Perception --
Perceptual Belief as Knowledge --
Perceptual Experience --
Perceptual Beliefs as Basic --
Perceptual Beliefs Formed on the Basis of Experience --
Nature, Nurture, and Perceptual Judgments --
A Priori Knowledge --
A Priori Knowledge Initially Characterized --
A Priori Knowledge Is Knowledge --
Fallibilistic A Priorism --
A Priori Knowledge and the Causal Requirements --
Why Propositions Cannot Be Concrete --
Back to the Causal Requirement --
Induction --
The Old Riddle of Induction --
The New Riddle of Induction --
Epistemic Probability: Some Current Views --
Epistemic Probability and Statistical Probability --
Theories of Epistemic Probability --
Epistemic Conditional Probability: The Sober Truth --
The Two Faces of Epistemic Probability --
An Account of the Normative Component --
Replies and Comments --
Coherence, Foundations, and Evidence --
Coherence and Foundations --
Evidentialism --
Naturalism versus Proper Function? --
Naturalistic Analyses of Proper Function --
So What's a Poor Naturalist to Do? --
Is Naturalism Irrational? --
The Problem --
Darwin's Doubt --
A Preliminary Argument against Naturalism --
The Main Argument Against Naturalism.
Series Title: Gifford lectures in natural theology, 1987-1988.
Responsibility: Alvin Plantinga.
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Professor Plantinga is known for distinguished work in the fields of epistemology and philosophy of religion. In this companion volume to "Warrant: The Current Debate", Plantinga develops an original  Read more...


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