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Epistemic Friction : An Essay on Knowledge, Truth, and Logic, Paperback / softback Book

Epistemic Friction : An Essay on Knowledge, Truth, and Logic Paperback / softback


Gila Sher approaches knowledge from the perspective of the basic human epistemic situation-the situation of limited yet resourceful beings, living in a complex world and aspiring to know it in its full complexity.

What principles should guide them? Two fundamental principles of knowledge are epistemic friction and freedom.

Knowledge must be substantially constrained by the world (friction), but without active participation of the knower in accessing the world(freedom) theoretical knowledge is impossible.

This requires a grounding of all knowledge, empirical and abstract, in both mind and world, but the fall of traditional foundationalism has led many to doubt the viability of this 'classical' project.

The book challenges this skepticism, charting a newfoundational methodology, foundational holism, that differs from others in being holistic, world-oriented, and universal (i.e., applicable to all fields of knowledge).

Using this methodology, Epistemic Friction develops an integrated theory of knowledge, truth, and logic.

This includes (i) a dynamic model of knowledge, incorporating some of Quine's revolutionary ideas while rejecting his narrow empiricism, (ii) a substantivist, non-traditional correspondence theory of truth, and (iii)an outline of a joint grounding of logic in mind and world.

The model of knowledge subjects all disciplines to robust norms of both veridicality and conceptualization.

The correspondence theory is at once robust, universal, and flexible, allowing multiple patterns of correspondence, including complex andindirect patterns.

Logic's systematic grounding brings it in line with other disciplines without neglecting its strong necessity, generality, and normativity, which are explained by its semantic formality.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
  • ISBN: 9780198801566


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