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Knowledge and the State of Nature: An Essay in Conceptual Synthesis

Edward Craig


This book is an inquiry in epistemology directed at understanding the concept of knowledge. Its point of departure is that the standard philosophical project of analysing the concept of knowledge arbitrarily restricts the subject matter and is based on risky theoretical presuppositions. Craig develops an alternative approach, akin to the ‘state of nature’ method in political theory, which builds up the concept from a hypothesis about the social function of knowledge and the needs that it fulfils. Included in Craig's attempt to understand the concept is the endeavour to explain, in the light of ... More

Keywords: analysis, conditions for knowledge, epistemology, justification, knowledge, scepticism, state of nature, true belief

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198238797.001.0001


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