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QUESTIONS ABOUT RATIONALITY

Martin Kusch

in Knowledge by Agreement

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251223
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601767 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251223.003.0008
QUESTIONS ABOUT RATIONALITY

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Introduces the key question for the discussion of Ch. 7–11: Why is it that the dichotomy ‘rational versus irrational’ can be applied to empirical beliefs? It uses this question in order to develop a taxonomy of different positions regarding the sources of rational constraints upon beliefs.

Keywords: coherentism; communitarianism; consensualism; contextualism; direct realism; foundationalism; interpretationalism; rationality; reliabilism; truth

Chapter.  1453 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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