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Introduction

Alan Millar

in Reasons and Experience

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198242703
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242703.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins by setting out the focuses of the book, namely with sensory experiences and their role in relation to the justification of beliefs. The book's primary concern is with what we may legitimately believe. Traditionally, enquiries of this sort have been linked to very practical worries about what to think and how to proceed in thinking. Epistemology conceived as in this book can make a difference to our practical reflections on what is worthy of belief. For one thing it can correct simplistic models of legitimate belief, for instance, models which assume that legitimate beliefs must be based on grounds. It can also alert us to the ever-present danger of a parochial use of ‘we’ in philosophy and ordinary life, the danger, that is to say, of taking what ‘we’ believe as constituting a world-picture demanding acceptance by all reasonable people. An overview of the subsequent chapters is then presented.

Keywords: sensory experience; beliefs; we; epistemology; justification

Chapter.  3722 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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