Restoring the foundations of epistemic justification : a direct realist and conceptualist theory of foundationalism

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Restoring the foundations of epistemic justification : a direct realist and conceptualist theory of foundationalism

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Foundationalism, as a theory of justification and knowledge, is often associated with Enlightenment rationality, the Cartesian thirst for certainty, and the modern assumption of the objectivity and universality of reason. Because of these associations, scholars in various fields have disdained foundationalism in favor of some sort of non-foundationalist/post-modern approach to knowledge and justification. This present book is one piece of a much wider conversation that hopes to motivate a renewed look at foundationalism. Of course, the foundationalism on offer has settled down quite a bit from its surly forbears. This more mild-mannered foundationalism suggests that our beliefs about reality can be held with confidence and yet these beliefs remain open to criticism and revision. It is this type of epistemology that provides a constructive basis for investigation and research while nevertheless encouraging a cognitive humility about our claims to possess truth.

ISBN

978-0739111406

Publication Date

11-16-2006

Document Type

Book

Publisher

Lexington Books

City

Lanham

Keywords

Justification (Theory of knowledge); Knowledge, Theory of; Foundationalism (Theory of knowledge)

Disciplines

Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Restoring the foundations of epistemic justification : a direct realist and conceptualist theory of foundationalism

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