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Epistemic Principles

A Primer for the Theory of Knowledge


Nicholas Rescher

Epistemic Principles: A Primer of the Theory of Knowledge presents a compact account of the basic principles of the theory of knowledge. In doing this, Nicholas Rescher aims to fill the current gap in contemporary philosophical theory of knowledge with a comprehensive analysis of epistemological fundamentals. The book is not a mere inventory of such rules and principles, but rather interweaves them into a continuous exposition of basic issues. Written at a user-friendly and accessible level, Epistemic Principles is an essential addition for both advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in epistemology.
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Philosophers since Descartes often have it that the pursuit of knowledge aims at certainty. Yet all too often they have not been so ready to acknowledge—as ordinary folks would readily do—that there are two decidedly different types of certainty:

• something is absolutely certain if it is certain beyond any possible doubt.

• something is effectively certain if it is certain beyond any reasonable doubt.

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